Vacation Rental License
What is a Vacation Rental?
A vacation rental is classified as:
- A Transient Public Lodging Establishment (property is rented to guests more than three times a year and for periods of less than 30 days)
Vacation Rentals and Noise
The City of Hollywood Code Compliance and the Hollywood Police Department is actively enforcing the City's Noise Ordinance rules, which includes additional rules and requirements that went into effect in 2021.
The Vacation Rental License states in part:
- Vacation Renewal shall be equipped with a noise level detection device alerting the property owner/representative and tenants to noise emanating from the Vacation Rental, and (ii) all data produced by this device will be retained for a period of 180 days and made available to the City upon request.
- A statement advising the occupant that the volume of noise generated at the Vacation Rental is limited by the City Noise Ordinance. A noise level detection device alerting the property owner/representative and tenant shall be installed in every Vacation Rental.
- The City’s noise ordinance must be fully complied with, and (iii) the property is monitored by a noise level detection device.
Report Issues with Short-Term/Vacation Rental Properties
Struggling with a problem vacation rental that is licensed to operate in your neighborhood? We are here to help with two tools to combat problem short-term and vacation rental properties. Whether it is a loud party, concerns with parking or trash, you can report it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to a live operator via a dedicated customer service telephone phone number, or via a real-time website. To report an issue simply:
o Call: 954.231.2375
The 24/7 hotline and website will allow for:
o Improved response time with real-time outreach to registered property owners/managers
o Easy tracking of properties and issues both in real-time and over time for staff. (Tracking for residents is not currently available through this service, however any violations issued can be viewed online
o Full documentation of photo, audio and video evidence of noncompliance for evidence-based citations and easily identify problem properties
o Efficient and convenient reporting tools available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Reporting Licensed Properties
When reporting the issue by phone, be sure to request the operator contact the property owner/manager directly. When submitting an online request, the property owner/manager will automatically be contacted. Once a report has been received, the clock starts ticking for the issue to be addressed. Property owners, property managers and/or the emergency contacts who are registered with the City will be immediately notified and given 30 minutes to resolve most issues. For more complex issues, staff will work with property owners/managers toward resolution. If there is no response from the property owner/manager, the problem persists, or the property is unlicensed, the issue will then be escalated accordingly.
Reporting Unlicensed Properties
While there are just under 700 short term/vacation rental properties currently licensed to operate in the City of Hollywood, we understand there are many thousands more operating without a license. You are encouraged to report these locations. Even though the City does not have contact information to quickly reach these property owners/managers for immediate resolution, reports will help to strengthen the database and arm staff with evidence to resolve problem locations over time. Issues with unlicensed properties, trash collection, advertising, etc. may not be resolved within a 30-minute window, however the more these types of issues are reported, the better the response to resolution time will be.
Granicus Host Complaint System Service Enhancements:
o Dedicated Hotline: Allows residents to report issues 24/7 and notify property contact
o Address Identification: Staff can actively monitor short-term rental platforms, property/activity documentation and compliance status
o Compliance Monitoring: Staff can automatically mail notifications/enforcement letters
o Rental Activity Monitoring: Provides Staff with detailed data to validate length of stay
The City of Hollywood is pleased to offer this service that will help ensure property owners/managers are operating their properties in compliance with all rules and regulations. Over time, this service will help to improve the quality of life for residents and reduce strain on city resources. Take an active role in your community and take back control of your neighborhood. For more information on rules for short-term rental properties in the City of Hollywood and the City’s noise ordinance, please visit the City's Vacation Rental License webpage.
- Vacation Rental License Regulations
- Schedule of Fees, Penalties and Fines
- Residential Inspection Check List
- Vacation Rental Properties Registered with the City of Hollywood - PDF
- Vacation Rental Properties Registered with the City of Hollywood - Excel
- Broward County Property Appraiser's website
- City Noise Ordinance
- Vacation Rental License Application Check List
Vacation Rental License Program Virtual Q&A SessionsTo assist property owners with meeting compliance deadlines, the City hosted a number of virtual question and answer sessions via the Cisco WebEx Virtual Meeting application. Staff was on-hand to answer questions related to the vacation rental license program, licensure, inspections requirements and more. Those who are operating a vacation rental property are encouraged to watch the archived meeting videos. ARCHIVE MEETING VIDEO from Monday, March 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
ARCHIVE VIDEO FROM MORNING SESSION from Tuesday, February 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Who is required to have a City of Hollywood Vacation Rental License?
- What is a dwelling unit?
- How do I apply for a vacation rental license?
- How often do I need to renew my Vacation Rental License
- How many guests are permitted to stay in a vacation rental?
- I own a few vacation rental properties. Am I required to have a separate City Vacation Rental License for each one?
- What will happen if I do not register my vacation rental property?
- Why can't the City ban vacation rentals?
- What is the current Noise Ordinance?
- Can a vacation rental have a party?
- Whom do I call when I want to complain about a vacation rental?
- How do I report a vacation rental having a loud party and/or loud noise?
- How do I report guests at a vacation rental parking illegally?
- Can the Police "throw out" the renters of a vacation rental?
- What happens when the Police are called and respond to a vacation rental complaint?
- I rent a room out of my home as a vacation rental. Am I required to have a Vacation Rental License?
- I rent out the guest house/in-law quarters of my home as a vacation rental. Am I required to have a Vacation Rental License?
- How do I schedule an inspection of my property?
- How many garbage cans am I required to have?