Commercial Short Term Rental

Commercial Short Term Rentals

Commercial Short Term Rentals are allowed in commercial zoning districts (CT, LB, GB, UC, MU-1, MU-1/WH, MU-2, MU-2/WH) within the Short Term Rental Overlay Zone. Unlike the other permit categories, commercial Short Term Rentals units are not  required to be 4% assessed properties or be the owners primary residence. In addition to the general requirements for all short term rental units, commercial units must meet the following additional requirements:

  • Existing parking spaces on the property, if any, that satisfy the off-street parking requirements of this Chapter for the dwelling units being converted to short term rental units shall be shown on the site plan submitted with the application and shall be retained and used for the short term rental units and no additional parking spaces shall be required.
  • No more than nine short term rental units shall be permitted on one lot. Ten or more short term rental units on one lot shall require approval as an accommodations use pursuant to the requirements of the accommodations overlay zone.
  • The owner must comply with all business license and revenue collections laws of the City of Charleston, Charleston County and State of South Carolina.
  • There are no exterior signs for the short term rental use on the property.
  • There are no commercial uses or common areas for renters, such as breakfast rooms, associated with the residential occupation of the property. Commercial enterprises on the property must be completely separate and independent operations.

Breakdown of Requirements

For a full breakdown of requirements, please review the Adopted Ordinances (PDF).
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  • There are no commercial uses or common areas for renters, such as breakfast rooms, associated with the residential occupation of the property. Commercial enterprises on the property must be completely separate and independent operations.
  • There are no exterior signs for the short term rental use on the property.
  • The owner must comply with all business license and revenue collections laws of the City of Charleston, Charleston County and State of South Carolina.
  • Existing parking spaces on the property, if any, that satisfy the off-street parking requirements of this Chapter for the dwelling units being converted to short term rental units shall be shown on the site plan submitted with the application and shall be retained and used for the short term rental units and no additional parking spaces shall be required.
  • No more than nine short term rental units shall be permitted on one lot. Ten or more short term rental units on one lot shall require approval as an accommodations use pursuant to the requirements of the accommodations overlay zone. There are no commercial uses or common areas for renters, such as breakfast rooms, associated with the residential occupation of the property. Commercial enterprises on the property must be completely separate and independent operations.
  • There are no exterior signs for the short term rental use on the property.
  • The owner must comply with all business license and revenue collections laws of the City of Charleston, Charleston County and State of South Carolina.
  • Existing parking spaces on the property, if any, that satisfy the off-street parking requirements of this Chapter for the dwelling units being converted to short term rental units shall be shown on the site plan submitted with the application and shall be retained and used for the short term rental units and no additional parking spaces shall be required.
  • No more than nine short term rental units shall be permitted on one lot. Ten or more short term rental units on one lot shall require approval as an accommodations use pursuant to the requirements of the accommodations overlay zone.
  • There are no commercial uses or common areas for renters, such as breakfast rooms, associated with the residential occupation of the property. Commercial enterprises on the property must be completely separate and independent operations.
  • There are no exterior signs for the short term rental use on the property.
  • The owner must comply with all business license and revenue collections laws of the City of Charleston, Charleston County and State of South Carolina.
  • Existing parking spaces on the property, if any, that satisfy the off-street parking requirements of this Chapter for the dwelling units being converted to short term rental units shall be shown on the site plan submitted with the application and shall be retained and used for the short term rental units and no additional parking spaces shall be required.
  • No more than nine short term rental units shall be permitted on one lot. Ten or more short term rental units on one lot shall require approval as an accommodations use pursuant to the requirements of the accommodations overlay zone.
  • There are no commercial uses or common areas for renters, such as breakfast rooms, associated with the residential occupation of the property. Commercial enterprises on the property must be completely separate and independent operations.
  • There are no exterior signs for the short term rental use on the property.
  • The owner must comply with all business license and revenue collections laws of the City of Charleston, Charleston County and State of South Carolina.
  • Existing parking spaces on the property, if any, that satisfy the off-street parking requirements of this Chapter for the dwelling units being converted to short term rental units shall be shown on the site plan submitted with the application and shall be retained and used for the short term rental units and no additional parking spaces shall be required.
  • No more than nine short term rental units shall be permitted on one lot. Ten or more short term rental units on one lot shall require approval as an accommodations use pursuant to the requirements of the accommodations overlay zone.
  • There are no commercial uses or common areas for renters, such as breakfast rooms, associated with the residential occupation of the property. Commercial enterprises on the property must be completely separate and independent operations.
  • There are no exterior signs for the short term rental use on the property.
  • The owner must comply with all business license and revenue collections laws of the City of Charleston, Charleston County and State of South Carolina.
  • Existing parking spaces on the property, if any, that satisfy the off-street parking requirements of this Chapter for the dwelling units being converted to short term rental units shall be shown on the site plan submitted with the application and shall be retained and used for the short term rental units and no additional parking spaces shall be required.
  • No more than nine short term rental units shall be permitted on one lot. Ten or more short term rental units on one lot shall require approval as an accommodations use pursuant to the requirements of the accommodations overlay zone.
  • There are no commercial uses or common areas for renters, such as breakfast rooms, associated with the residential occupation of the property. Commercial enterprises on the property must be completely separate and independent operations.
  • There are no exterior signs for the short term rental use on the property.
  • The owner must comply with all business license and revenue collections laws of the City of Charleston, Charleston County and State of South Carolina.
  • Existing parking spaces on the property, if any, that satisfy the off-street parking requirements of this Chapter for the dwelling units being converted to short term rental units shall be shown on the site plan submitted with the application and shall be retained and used for the short term rental units and no additional parking spaces shall be required.
  • No more than nine short term rental units shall be permitted on one lot. Ten or more short term rental units on one lot shall require approval as an accommodations use pursuant to the requirements of the accommodations overlay zone.