What is the City's policy on short-term vacation rentals?
As a popular tourist
destination, Savannah attracts visitors from around the world who prefer a
residential, home-like setting for their stay. This has resulted in vacation,
or short-term residential, rentals growing as a type of lodging accommodation. To
address this growing trend, in 2014 City Council approved two ordinances—zoning
and regulatory—to address short-term vacation rentals (STVRs).
The purpose of the
ordinances is to protect the residential integrity of Savannah’s neighborhoods
while providing a level playing field for the lodging industry. For instance, STVRs
are only allowed in areas where inns are already allowed. STVRs must also
complete an application process with the City, register for a Business Tax
Certificate, and pay all applicable state and local taxes.
The City of Savannah
is better prepared than we ever have been to fairly manage rapidly evolving
segments of our tourist economy, such as Airbnb, because of the 2014 creation
of the Tourism Management and Ambassadorship Department. This Department brings
tourism regulation under one roof for the first time, and is tasked with
developing policy through informal stakeholder groups and formal
Council-appointed bodies such as the Tourism Advisory Committee.
To read more about
the City’s approach toward short-term vacation rentals, click HERE. To read more about the
Tourism Management and Ambassadorship Dept., go to www.savannahga.gov/tourism.