August and September 2017, City Council approved revisions to the zoning code
and ordinance pertaining to short-term vacation rentals (STVR). A summary of these changes are listed
Owner-occupied property refers to real property which contains one or more dwelling unit(s) where the principal dwelling unit must be occupied by the property owner and constitute his/her primary and usual place of residence. The dwelling units must share the Property Identification Number assigned by the Chatham County Board of Assessors.
of pre-existing STVR certificates issued before September 28, 2017 will not be
denied on the grounds that issuance of a certificate will exceed the per-ward
maximum cap limitation. When a transfer of property title occurs for a parcel
with a Pre-Existing STVR certificate, a new application from the
transferee/grantee will not be denied on the grounds that the issuance of a
certificate will exceed the pre-ward maximum cap limitation if the
transferee/grantee applies for a new STVR within six months from the date of
All non-renewal STVR certificate applications submitted
after September 28, 2017 will be subject to the per-ward cap.
Reduction in Occupancy
The number of adults staying in a short-term vacation rental has been reduced. Occupants shall not exceed four (4) adults for dwelling units with no more than two bedrooms. For dwelling units with three or more bedrooms, the number shall not exceed two (2) adults per bedroom. Please note, bedrooms are subject to verification of building code compliance by the Zoning Administrator. This change will go into effect on January 1, 2018.
For condominiums, as defined by the Georgia Condominium Act, O.C.G.A. §§ 44-3-70, et seq., the property owner must provide a copy of the adopted condominium declaration either explicitly permitting leasing of the dwelling unit(s) for less than 30 days or adopted condominium declaration which contains no prohibition on short-term vacation rentals or the leasing of dwelling units for less than 30 days.