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Short-Term Vacation Rentals 
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The City of Savannah defines short-term vacation rentals (STVR) as the rental of an entire dwelling unit for 30 days or less.  

STVRs are permitted in mixed-use zoning districts.  In the 1-R, 2-R and 3-R zoning districts of the Victorian District, approval by the Zoning Board of Appeals is required since these districts are predominantly residential in nature.  The use is allowed in the Mid-City Zoning Traditional Neighborhood (TN-2) District and limited to accessory dwelling units (e.g., a carriage house) and permitted only when the principal dwelling is owner-occupied. 

Applying to become a Certified Short-Term Vacation Rentals
STVR property owners must complete an application and receive a certificate verifying they have met all zoning and ordinance requirements associated with the use.  A STVR certificate must be obtained prior to operating.  

Applications along with the check or money order for the permit fee can be mailed to the Tourism Management & Ambassadorship Department (TMAD) at PO Box 1027, Savannah, GA 31402 or dropped off at the TMAD located in the Sub-Basement of City Hall.  Once an STVR application has been approved, a Business Tax Certificate must be obtained.

Local Hotel/Motel Taxes
Short-term vacation rentals are required to remit a 6% local hotel/motel tax to the City’s Revenue Department by the 20th day of the following month. Please follow the process outlined on the Hotel/Motel Tax Monthly Return to remit your payment

State Use And Sales Tax
In addition to the local hotel/motel tax, the 7% State Use and Sales Tax must be remitted to the Georgia Revenue Department by the 20th day of the following month. To pay online, you will need to “Sign Up” and “Create My User Name”. If payments are more than $500, only electronic submissions will be accepted.

To file State Sales Tax, register with the State’s Department of Revenue to obtain a State Sales Tax Number as outlined below.

  • Go to this link to register your business
  • Go to the bottom of the page, click “Business” then click “Register a New Business"

Please refer to the Georgia Department of Revenue for more information about the State Use and Sales. Tax directions and form are found on pages 7-11.

Monitoring
Certified short-term vacation rentals are tracked and updated on a quarterly basis.  The STVR certificate number, address, parcel number, number of parking spaces and bedrooms and historic district can be accessed through the following map. Data is representative through the 2nd Quarter of 2016. 

Enforcement
If you have a complaint about STVR, contact the City at   
or call 912-525-1500.  Please include the property address, time of complaint and nature of complaint.  The information will be investigated.

For reference, the following information is available:

Questions?
If you have questions about a certified or uncertified STVRs, please contact the Tourism Management and Ambassadorship Department at 912-525-1500 or .


                                                       
               Are you operating a Bed and Breakfast lodging establishment?

Bed and Breakfast Guest Units

City Code currently defines a bed and breakfast guest unit as, “an incidental use within an owner-occupied principal dwelling structure containing not more than two dwelling units, and provided that not more than one bedroom in such dwelling structure shall be used for such purpose.

The sign requirements for such use shall be those established for home occupations.” This use only applies to Business & Industrial Zoning Districts and Commercial & Residential districts. In order to conduct business as such, you must first complete and submit a 
Business Approval Application.

Contact: Development Services for Business Acceptance Application (Zoning) &Code Compliance Verification Form
5515 Abercorn Street
Savannah, Ga 31405
Phone: (912) 651-6510


Once your receive a Business Approval Letter, you will be ready to proceed in securing a 2015 City of Savannah Business Tax Certificate.  Click here for information needed by the Revenue Department to complete this process. When filling out the forms, please use NAICS Code: Bed and Breakfast Inn #721191, Category B.  Revenue will mail your business tax certificate after it has been reviewed and approved.

Contact: The Revenue Department for Business Tax Certificate & Hotel/Motel Tax
132 E. Broughton St.
P.O. Box 1027
Savannah, GA 31402
Phone: (912) 651-6450
Fax: (912) 651-6957

Remittance of Local Hotel/Motel & State Use And Sales Taxes
For short-term vacation rentals and bed and breakfast guest units, the hotel/motel tax and State use/sales tax must be remitted by the 20th day of the following month.  

The Hotel/Motel Tax (6%) must be remitted to the City’s Revenue Department. This is the hotel/motel tax collection form.

  •  The State Use and Sales Tax (7%) must be remitted to the Georgia Revenue Department.  In order to file State Sales Tax, you have to register with the State’s Department of Revenue to obtain a State Sales Tax Number.  

Go to this link to register your business:  https://gtc.dor.ga.gov/_/#9

  •  Go to the bottom of the page, click “Business” then click “Register a New Business

To pay online, you will need to “Sign Up” and “Create My User Name”.  If payments are more than $500, you have to submit electronically--if not you can mail your payment.

This is a link to State Use and Sales Tax directions and form (pages 7-11):  
http://dor.georgia.gov/sites/dor.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/ST-3-2015.pdf

If you have any comments or questions, please contact Bridget Lidy at 912-525-3097 or .

               Are you operating a Bed and Breakfast lodging establishment?

Bed and Breakfast Guest Units

City Code currently defines a bed and breakfast guest unit as, “an incidental use within an owner-occupied principal dwelling structure containing not more than two dwelling units, and provided that not more than one bedroom in such dwelling structure shall be used for such purpose.

The sign requirements for such use shall be those established for home occupations.” This use only applies to Business & Industrial Zoning Districts and Commercial & Residential districts. In order to conduct business as such, you must first complete and submit a 
Business Approval Application.

Contact: Development Services for Business Acceptance Application (Zoning) &Code Compliance Verification Form
5515 Abercorn Street
Savannah, Ga 31405
Phone: (912) 651-6510


Once your receive a Business Approval Letter, you will be ready to proceed in securing a 2015 City of Savannah Business Tax Certificate.  Click here for information needed by the Revenue Department to complete this process. When filling out the forms, please use NAICS Code: Bed and Breakfast Inn #721191, Category B.  Revenue will mail your business tax certificate after it has been reviewed and approved.

Contact: The Revenue Department for Business Tax Certificate & Hotel/Motel Tax
132 E. Broughton St.
P.O. Box 1027
Savannah, GA 31402
Phone: (912) 651-6450
Fax: (912) 651-6957

Remittance of Local Hotel/Motel & State Use And Sales Taxes
For short-term vacation rentals and bed and breakfast guest units, the hotel/motel tax and State use/sales tax must be remitted by the 20th day of the following month.  

The Hotel/Motel Tax (6%) must be remitted to the City’s Revenue Department. This is the hotel/motel tax collection form.

  •  The State Use and Sales Tax (7%) must be remitted to the Georgia Revenue Department.  In order to file State Sales Tax, you have to register with the State’s Department of Revenue to obtain a State Sales Tax Number.  

Go to this link to register your business:  https://gtc.dor.ga.gov/_/#9

  •  Go to the bottom of the page, click “Business” then click “Register a New Business

To pay online, you will need to “Sign Up” and “Create My User Name”.  If payments are more than $500, you have to submit electronically--if not you can mail your payment.

This is a link to State Use and Sales Tax directions and form (pages 7-11):  
http://dor.georgia.gov/sites/dor.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/ST-3-2015.pdf

If you have any comments or questions, please contact Bridget Lidy at 912-525-3097 or .


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Bridget Lidy
Director
Tourism Management & Ambassadorship Department
Ph: (912) 525-1500
Fx: (912) 525-1629

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City of Savannah
P.O. Box 1027
Savannah, Georgia 31402


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Savannah, Georgia 31401


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