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Short-Term Vacation Rental Update
In early 2017, the City launched a process to address concerns about the growing short-term vacation rental industry’s impact on residents and the community. The goal was to examine the use, identify issues, and propose mutually agreed upon revisions to the existing regulations. The process did not focus on expanding the use, nor did it focus on the rental of a bedroom in an owner-occupied home, referred to as a bed and breakfast homestay. It only considered the rental of an entire dwelling unit in the areas where the use is currently permitted.

Individual meetings were held with stakeholders to include the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Victorian Neighborhood Association and Mid-City District. Additional meetings were held with Share Savannah, which represents five local short-term vacation rental management companies; Short-Term Vacation Rental Owners Association; Tourism Leadership Council and Expedia/HomeAway. Meetings were also held with concerned citizens about possible changes to the regulations.

In May and June, eight public meetings were held with representatives from the stakeholder groups and citizens with a total of 333 persons participating.

Based on feedback from stakeholders, the City broke down the use into two key areas:

  1. Administrative enhancements focusing on the short-term vacation rental ordinance and methods to improve operations
  2. Growth management concentrating on the zoning regulations and methods to manage the growth of short-term vacation rentals
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  • July 6: The Short-term Vacation Rental Report was presented to City Council and outlined the proposed ordinance and zoning amendment for the use based on the feedback gathered during the review process.  
  • July 20:  1st reading of revisions to the Short-term Vacation Rental Ordinance presented to City Council 
  • August 3:  2nd reading of revisions to the Short-term Vacation Rental Ordinance presented to and approved by City Council  
  • August 8:  The revisions to the Zoning Code were presented to the Metropolitan Planning Commission
  • August 31: 

Recommendations and Presentations:

Meeting presentations:

Short-Term Vacation Rental Survey Results:
During the STVR updates process, surveys were conducted by the City of Savannah, Downtown Neighborhood Association, Victorian Neighborhood Association and Thomas Square Neighborhood Association. Please note that 

comments expressed in the surveys are the opinion of individuals that took the survey and do not necessarily represent the official position of any given neighborhood or organization. Surveys conducted by the Neighborhood Associations only represent responses from members of the neighborhood association.

The City would like to thank the neighborhoods for conducting surveys of their members during this process.