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The City of Wilton Manors has adopted ordinance n°2016-002, in order to regulation short-term rentals, by addition of Article XIII - Vacation Rentals to Chapter 10 (Licences, permits and business regulations) of the Code of Ordinances.
Section 10-276 of Article XIII defines “vacation rental” as any unit that is rented to Guests more than 3 times in a calendar year for periods of less than 30 days or 1 calendar month, whichever is less, or which is advertised or held out to the public as a place regularly rented to guests. If your rental fits in this definition, you have to respect the Article XII - Vacation rentals of the Code of Ordinances. For more information, visit this portal and read this flyer from the Wilton Manors official website.
However under section 10-277 of Articles XIII, two types of rentals are exempted from the regulations of vacation rentals :
- Bed and breakfasts which has been granted conditional use approval by the City.
- If the owner of the vacation rental resides on the subject property as their permanent residence
Sec. 10-277 makes both registration of all vacation rentals and obtention of certificate of compliance mandatory. Both registration and CoC application forms must be submitted to the Community Development Services. You can find an application packet here, with explanation, detail of the corresponding fees and useful contacts.
Some supporting document must be joined with the applications, including :
- City of Wilton Manors Local Business Tax Application (see here)
- Broward County for Tourist Development Tax certificate (see here)
- Broward County Business Tax Receipt (see here)
- Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation license as a transient public lodging establishment (see here)
- Florida Department of Revenue certificate of registration for purposes of collecting and remitting sales and transient rental tax (see here)
If you have any question about registration and certificate of compliance, you can reach the Community Development Services at (954) 390-2180 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
For each registration, if the owner of the vacation rental is not going to be the person the City should contact, the owner must appoint a resident of Broward County, Florida to serve as a responsible party.
The representative party must fulfil affirmative duties as being available 24/7 to address any problems with the rental, respond to emergency call within one hour, keep a Guests’ register and more. We highly encourage our Hosts to refer to Section 10-280 of Article XIII - Chapter 10 of the Code of Ordinances.
Vacation rental standards
Section 10-283 of Article XIII sets standards and requirements to be met by all vacation rentals. It includes without limitation, to meet the requirements of the Florida Building Code, to place smoke and carbon monoxide detection and notification fire extinguisher, in addition to fire extinguisher.
The Section also sets maximum occupancy standards, providing minimum informations to the Guest, posting of certificate of compliance and contact of the responsible party in the vacation rental. We highly encourage our Wilton Manors Hosts to refer to section 10-283.
Vacation rentals must also respect the regulations about, without limitation, buildings (Chapter 5 of the Code of Ordinance), fire prevention (Chapter 8), flood prevention (Chapter 9), noise disturbance (Chapter 21). See the Code of Ordinances of the City of Wilton Manors to check out compliance with those regulations and others.
Rentals for less than six months are subjected to different taxes, including :
- Florida Sales Tax (6% of the rent) : to be paid to the Florida Department of Revenue.
- Broward County Tourist Development Tax (5% of the rent) : collected by the Host from the Guest and paid to the Broward County Tourist Development Tax Section.