The City of Charleston has recently passed an Ordinance (PDF) to regulate short term rentals STRs in all areas of the city, which will take effect on July 10th, 2018. To qualify for legal short term renting under this new ordinance, the residential property must:
Contain a third parking space for the additional STR use. If the property contains multiple Dwelling Units, each must have adequate legal parking in addition to the one required STR space.
In order to begin listing a qualifying residential unit, you must:
Submit an application online or at the City of Charleston Permit Center located on the 1st floor of the Gaillard Center at 2 George Street Applications must include:
Floor plans drawn to scale of the habitable structures on the property that clearly designate all rooms to be used by STR guests, and the specific room or rooms to be used by guests for sleeping. Floor plans are not required to be drawn by a design professional.
Once your account is approved you will be able to submit your application online. See our Permit Submission User Guide (PDF) for step by step instructions on how to apply online. Application materials are being prepared and will be released shortly before July 10.
If applying online use the Internet Explorer internet browser and remember to upload the appropriate attachments before submitting your application. Failing to do so can slow down the review process for your application. Please see our Permit Submission User Guide (PDF) for step by step instructions on how to apply online.
To file a complaint regarding an STR please submit a request online through our Citizen Support Center or call 843-724-7311.