When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Jacksonville. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. We’ll continue to update this information as more becomes available. If you have questions, you can visit Jacksonville's website, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
Short-term rental regulations
Short-term rentals in Jacksonville are defined by the city as rentals that are fewer than 30 nights and are only allowed in the Commercial Zone and Historic Core Zone.
A land use permit for short term rentals is required by the City of Jacksonville Planning and Development Department. The permit application can be accessed here. Long term rentals (over 30 nights) are allowed in residential zones and do not require a permit.
The owner of the property must be the person who files for the land use permit.
Once acquired, you will need to add your permit number to your Airbnb listing to finalize your registration with the city.
Building and Housing Standards
Jacksonville enforces rules and regulations specifying minimum construction, design, and maintenance standards for buildings, including regulations on habitability, health, and safety. Certain rules and regulations applicable to residential and non-residential regulations may be relevant to your listing. Contact the Jacksonville Municipal Code Compliance Division for more information.
Licensing and Taxes
Hosts in Florida are required to acquire a vacation rental license from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Florida vacation rental applications can be completed online through the DBPR website.
There are categories of license: a condo license and a dwelling license.
The fees for these licenses vary and the fee schedule can be found here.
Hosts must also obtain a business tax receipt from Duval County and the State of Florida. The business tax receipt from the County serves as a local business license and is good for one year (October 1 through September 30). New applications for a business tax certificate from Duval County must be done in person at the office of the Duval County Tax Collector and a list of items required for a business tax receipt can be found here.
Additional information on the local business tax can be found on the Duval County Local Business Tax Website.
A general business license is required from the state of Florida, which is also called a business tax receipt. The application for the business tax receipt is called a form DR-1. You can consult the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for further state licensing requirements.
Jacksonville and the State of Florida both assess tourist taxes on any rental of a living or sleeping accommodation for periods of 6 months or less. More information about the County and State tourist taxes is available on the Jacksonville City website and the State's FAQ page.
Other contracts and rules
As a host, you need to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, including leases, co-op rules, HOA rules, or other rules established by tenant organizations. You should be able to find out more by contacting your housing authority (such as a community council) or landlord. Your lease (or other contract) might also have specific details.
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.