In March of 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry, and Plantation Mayor Lynn Stoner, each declared a public health emergency as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic. In response to these declarations, several Executive Orders have been issues at the state and local levels restricting certain types of behaviors and business practices in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19. Many of these Executive Orders have, from time to time, placed restrictions on the normal operation of short-term vacation rentals.
Please note that it shall be the responsibility of short-term vacation rental owners and operators to remain aware of these limitations and to govern the operation of their short-term vacation rental properties accordingly. Short-term vacation rental owners found in violation of any of these Orders risk the imposition of fines, their rental properties being shut down, and/or rental licenses revoked.
Attached below, please find links that may be useful in assisting you in operating your short-term vacation rentals in compliance with the various Executive Orders.
Do I need a Short-Term Rental Certificate of Compliance?
The City of Plantation recently adopted Ordinance No. 2576 establishing registration, inspection, minimum property maintenance and safety standards for short term rental facilities. The purpose of this ordinance is to protect the health, peace, safety, and welfare of the residents of Plantation by the registration of short-term rental property in the City of Plantation. The operation of a short-term rental without registration and certificate of compliance after September 1, 2019 shall be prohibited in the City of Plantation.
How do I obtain a Short-Term Rental Certificate of Compliance?
If you are a property owner, you must apply for a short-term rental Certificate of Compliance for every dwelling unit being used as a short-term rental. To assist you in obtaining your Short-Term Rental Certificate of Compliance, the City has included documents below to familiarize you with the short-term rental standards and requirements, approval process, and steps to obtaining the necessary State and County licenses/certificates.
Pursuant to Ordinance No. 2576, the City has established two (2) types of short-term rental facilities – Owner-Occupied Short-Term Rentals and Vacation Rentals. They are defined as follows:
- Owner-occupied Short-Term Rental (Hosted)– any unit or group of units in a condominium or cooperative or any individually or collectively owned single-family, two-family, three-family, or four-family house or dwelling unit which (i) is rented to transients more than three times in a calendar year for periods of less than thirty (30) days or one (1) calendar month, whichever is less, or which is advertised or held out to the public as a place regularly rented to transients; (ii) is occupied by the vacation rental owner; and (iii) has a vacation rental owner or tenant on site during the rental. In the event that an entity owns the owner-occupied short-term rental, occupancy by the vacation rental owner may be satisfied if the property is occupied by the president, manager, managing partner, or other individual having unrestricted control over the operations of the owner entity. In the event that a trust owns the owner-occupied short-term rental, occupancy by the vacation rental owner may be satisfied if the property is occupied by a beneficiary of the trust.
- Vacation Rental (Non-Hosted)– any unit or group of units in a condominium or cooperative or any individually or collectively owned single-family, two-family, three-family, or four-family house or dwelling unit which (i) is rented to transients more than three times in a calendar year for periods of less than thirty (30) days or one (1) calendar month, whichever is less, or which is advertised or held out to the public as a place regularly rented to transients; and (ii) is also a transient public lodging establishment as defined in Chapter 509, Florida Statutes, but is not a timeshare project regulated by Chapter 721, Florida Statutes.
All Short-Term Rental Registration Certificate of Compliance holders must apply annually for a renewal of their Certificate of Compliance by August 31 of each year. Renewals submitted after August 31 will be assessed a late renewal fee and those renewals received after September 30 shall be processed as a new application and subject to all applicable fees.
Short-Term Vacation Rental Property Compliance Inspection
An inspection of non-hosted “Vacation Rental” units is required prior to the initial issuance of a Short-Term Rental Certificate of Compliance. Inspection of a hosted “Owner-Occupied Short-Term Rental” prior to the issuance of a Short-Term Rental Certificate of Compliance is not required.
In accordance with Ordinance No. 2576, a safety inspection of the rental unit will be conducted by the City’s Building, Fire and Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Departments by appointment only. If violations are found, all violations must be corrected and the unit must be re-inspected prior to issuance of a short-term rental certificate of compliance.
The inspection shall be requested by the Property Owner or the property owner’s agent of record. Failure to provide the Building, Fire and Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Departments access at the scheduled time will result in a re-inspection fee of $250.
Below, please find the Vacation Rental Property Inspection Guide and Vacation Rental Property Inspection Checklist.
Short-Term Rental Registration and Inspection Fee Schedule
Short-Term Rental Nuisance Complaints
City of Plantation residents can now report nuisances related to short-term rental properties using a new around-the-clock complaint hotline. Operated by Host Compliance, LLC., the hotline is intended to offer neighbors a simple, anonymous alternative to calling code enforcement officers to report non-emergency issues like noise or parking issues caused by short-term rental guests. Callers may choose to leave their contact information so operators can follow up with them to ensure their complaint is adequately resolved. The 24/7 hotline phone number is 954-737-2818 or you can report issues Online.
For questions, please contact:
Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Department
401 NW 70 Terrace
Plantation, Fl. 33317
Please allow 3 – 5 business days for a response
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.