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Short-term Vacation Rentals

Savannah SceneWhat 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