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When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand the laws in your county. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to give you some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Florida. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding state laws. If you have questions, contact the Miami-Dade County Neighborhood Regulations Division or other local agencies directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
Land Development Regulations
The Miami-Dade County Comprehensive Plan governs most land use in Miami-Dade County. You should consult this to see if your listing is consistent with current zoning requirements or use definitions. Important terms include "accessory use," "apartment," "apartment hotel," "bed and breakfast inn," "commercial establishment," "dwelling," "hotel," "hotel unit," and "townhome."
Rental Property and Registration
Step 1: Apply for your Certificate of Use (CU) with Miami-Dade County
In order to operate a Vacation Rental in Unincorporated Miami-Dade County a responsible party with a listing must apply online or in person at the inspection center to obtain a Certificate of Use (CU) from the county.
After completing the application, the responsible party will receive a certificate number that will need to be updated on the Airbnb platform by enforcement date. Please note that listings with incomplete or inaccurate certificate numbers will be deactivated after this date.
Step 2: Check that all pre-requirements are met in CU application.
It is strongly advised that the responsible party review the attestation webpage to understand the other requirements and terms of the CU application. If there are any additional questions, please contact the Miami-Dade County Department or refer to the County’s FAQ page.
If you are renting out an entire unit or dwelling (ie. listings that rent out individual rooms are not eligible), you will need to get a State Vacation Rental Dwelling License from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) either online or by mail.
What you’ll need:
- Florida sales tax number (or exemption).
- Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) [only required for business/corporate applicants].
- Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
- Completed DBPR HR-7020, Certificate of Balcony Inspection [if listing is within a 3 floor story building unless exempt].
How long it takes: We recommend applying online to expedite this process.
What to do:
- Online [Recommended]: Fill out state Vacation Rental Dwelling License by creating an account.
- Mail: Print and fill out state Vacation Rental Dwelling License form + DBPR HR-7020, Certificate of Balcony Inspection [if applicable]. Mail completed form(s) + a check/money order to: Division of Hotels and Restaurants Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 2601 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783.
Fees: To obtain a DBPR Vacation Rental Dwelling License, there is a license fee (depending on number of listings) + $50 one time application processing fee.
- Online: You can pay online via credit card.
- Mail: You can pay via mail by check or money order, payable to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Cash payments are not accepted.
Questions: Call the DBPR Customer Contact Center at 1-850-487-1395.
Miami-Dade County, and the State of Florida assess tourist taxes on any short-term rentals of accommodations with a duration of periods of 6 months or less. Check the County's government website, and the State's FAQ page to learn more about County and State taxes, respectively. Find out more about the taxes that Airbnb collects and remits on behalf of hosts in the State of Florida, including in Miami-Dade County.
In unincorporated Miami-Dade, vacation rentals are allowed in areas designated Residential Communities, Business and Office and Office Residential in the County’s Comprehensive Development Master Plan Land Use Plan Map. However, in areas designated Estate or Low Density Residential in the CDMP, the Responsible Party shall comply with the residency requirement.
The County regulations require that the Responsible Party reside for more than six months per calendar year in the property being offered as a vacation rental. The rental of the property may occur at the same time that the Responsible Party is residing there. This applies to properties designated as Estate or Low Density Residential on the CDMP Land Use Plan Map only. There are no residency restrictions in the other land use categories.
It's also important to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, such as leases, condo board or co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. Please read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable.
Our commitment to your community
We are committed to working with local officials to help them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we will continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their own homes.