Background: The Vacation Rental Registration Program regulates vacation rentals as defined in Section 509.242 of the Florida Statutes (2015). Through the administration and enforcement of the Vacation Rental Registration Program, the Code Compliance Division ensures that vacation rental operators meet all local and state license and tax requirements. The division also ensures that each vacation rental property meets minimum housing and life safety standards outlined in Article X – Vacation Rentals, of Chapter 15 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Fort Lauderdale. Ordinance No. C-16-25 is the ordinance that governs the administration and enforcement of the City's Vacation Rental Registration Program. The fee schedule for the program can be found in Resolution 15-183 , and is as follows:
Vacation Rental Fee Schedule
Vacation Rental New Registration Fee (per unit)
Renewal Registration Fee (per unit)
Safety Inspection, Re-Inspection and No-Show Inspection (per unit)
Once the City receives the completed documents, an email with a link to pay the Vacation Rental Registration Fee and Business Tax Application Fee will be sent to the applicant. Do not contact the Business Tax Office for a link to pay.
Once all fees are paid, an inspector will contact you to schedule an appointment. In preparation for your inspection, please review the Vacation Rental Inspection Checklist, and ensure that your property meets the requirements.
If the property passes all inspections, the Business Tax Receipt and Vacation Rental Certificate of Compliance are issued.
If the property fails the property maintenance and/or life safety inspection, you will receive 10 days to bring the property into compliance, and contact the inspector for a reinspection. A reinspection fee of $75.00 will be assessed for each reinspection.
Please send all complaints regarding the suspected illegal operation of vacation rentals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the property address and supporting photos and/or documentation to validate your complaint. A list of applicants that have registered and/or that have been issued a Certificate of Compliance can be viewed at Vacation Rental Registration Program Report - Applicants. A list of properties that have been reported and/or that have been discovered to be operating illegally can be viewed at Vacation Rental Properties Reported. The list of properties reported does include properties that were reported and/or discovered, but that are in the process of registering.
Required Licenses and Certificates
(These agencies are listed in the order for which they must be applied.)
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Licensure for Transient Public Lodging Establishment