Fort Pierce finalized short-term rental laws in April this spring including limiting rentals to specific zones within the City. If you’re not sure which zone your short-term rental is in, visit this website: www.paslc.org.
As the hub of St. Lucie County, Fort Pierce sees a huge influx of short-term rentals, particularly as we edge into the fall and winter bird travel season. With this in mind, hosts should pay special attention to the new short-term rental laws.
Short-Term Rental Laws (Less Than 6 Months)
The City applies short-term rental laws according to the length of stays. Short-term rentals offered for less than 6 months are subject to the following requirements:
- City: Conditional Use Permit. You can download the Conditional Use Application Here.
- County: Tourism Development Tax Account and payment of a 5.0% tourism tax. Information on the Tourism Development Tax can be obtained by calling their office at 772-462-1650 or on the County’s website. A Conditional Use Permit is required prior to advertising your property as a short-term rental.
- State: Sales Tax Identification Number and payment of a 6.5% tax. Information on sales tax can be obtained by calling their local office at 772-429-2900 or at the Dept. of Revenue website.
Short-Term Rental Laws (Less Than 30 Days)
Short-term rentals of less than 30 days are subject to the following requirements in addition to the requirements of stays of less than 6 months.
- City: Current Business Tax Receipt. Call the City Clerk at 772-467-3065.
- County: Business Tax Receipt (only required if the property is owned by a business). Visit www.tcslc.com/local-business-tax.
- State: Business License. Applications and instructions can be found on the DBRR website for the Division of Hotels & Restaurants at www.myfloridalicense.com. A flyer entitled “Guide to Vacation Rentals and Timeshare Projects” provides helpful information and can be obtained from either the DBPR’s website or at the City’s Code Enforcement office.
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