Help Center
Click to Home
Go To Search
Short Term Rentals
Overview

Since 2012, the City of Charleston has experienced increases in tourism, changes in the short term rental industry, growth of illegal short term rentals and difficulties in enforcing current regulations. Recognizing this, the Mayor and City Council appointed an 18-member Short Term Rental Task Force in 2016. After more than a year of work, with numerous public meetings, this group analyzed all aspects of short term renting in Charleston. The Task Force concluded their work by recommending policy changes to the City’s regulations.

Please check this webpage for updates on meeting dates, times, and locations.


Future Meeting Dates

Please check this webpage for updates on meeting dates, times, and locations.


Results from Preservation Society of Charleston Short Term Rental Public Comment Survey

Results from HomeAway Phone Survey

Results From Public Listening Sessions
Summary of Comments from Public Input Sessions

Four public listening sessions were held at different locations around the City in order to provide opportunity for public input.

Session #1: Thursday, March 16th 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at Synagogue Emanu-El (West Ashley). 5 Windsor Dr, Charleston, SC 29407. Ample lot parking on-site. Meeting in the Social Hall.

Session #2: Saturday, March 25th 2:30 PM-4:30 PM at Charleston Charter School of Math and Science (North Peninsula). 1002 King St, Charleston, SC 29403. Some street parking. Ample lot parking at Food Lion across the street. Meeting in the Auditorium.

Session #3: Thursday, April 20th 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at James Island Christian School (James and Johns Islands). 15 Crosscreek Dr, Charleston, SC 29412. Ample lot parking on-site. Some street parking.  Meeting likely in Dority Hall, though exact Hall on-site may change depending on Church and School needs.

Session #4: Thursday, May 18th 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue (Lower Peninsula). 90 Hasell St, Charleston, SC 29401. Limited Street Parking. Ample lot parking in the Wentworth Garage at the corner of Wentworth and St. Philip Streets (about 1000 feet away), which will be validated. Meeting in the Barbara Pearlstine Social Hall. 



Documents & Links From Past Meetings
NOTE: A Final Version of the Approved Ordinance and Recommendations from the Task Force will be Posted when Available 

December 4, 2017 Special Planning Commission Meeting
Planning Commission Presentation
Summary of Ordinance Recommendations 

Research
Folder with research from other cities, links, and other ordinances
 
November 30, 2016 Meeting
Names & Bios of Task Force Members
Task Force Presentation – November 30, 2016
Accommodations Ordinances & Maps
Short Term Rental Research of Other Cities
AirDNA Charleston Area Market Reports

January 31, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - January 31, 2017
Task Force Presentation – January 31, 2017

March 2, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - March 2, 2017

June 13, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - June 13, 2017
Task Force Presentation - June 13, 2017
Summary of Comments from Public Input Sessions

July 11, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - July 11, 2017
Task Force Presentation - July 11, 2017

July 25, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - July 25, 2017

August 8, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - August 8, 2017
Task Force Handout - August 8, 2017

August 22, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - August 22, 2017
Task Force Presentation - August 22, 2017

August 29, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - August 29, 2017
Task Force Summary of Recommendations & Key Points

September 20, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - September 20, 2017
Task Force Handout Summary of Recommendations

September 25, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - September 25, 2017
DRAFT Ordinance 
STR City Comparison Chart
City Historic Districts and STR Overlay Map
City Staff Policy Recommendations
Task Force Recommendations Summary Page