Do I have to post anything at the short-term vacation rental, and where do I need to place it? ?

Per Walton County Ordinance 2023-03 you are required to post the following information at the short-term vacation rental location: 

  • Building sign for any registered single family attached or single family detached SVR unit meeting the following requirements - 

a. The sign must be prominently placed on the wall or property of the short-term vacation rental unit so that the required content of the sign shall be legible as viewed from the public right-of-way; however, signage shall not be placed in the public right-of-way. 

b. Such signs shall not be larger than eighteen (18) by twelve (12) inches.

c. The sign must indicate the name, and twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days a week emergency contact phone number or the locally available responsible party or the County’s short term vacation rental hotline number if available clearly identified as such and easily distinguishable from any rental related phone number if different.

d. The sign must indicate the units Short Term Vacation Rental Certificate Number.

  • Informational Posting, on the back of or next to the main entrance door or on the refrigerator - 

 a. The address of the short-term vacation rental unit in case of emergency.

b. The name and phone number of the short-term vacation rental locally available responsible party. 

c. The maximum occupancy of the unit defined as one person per 150 square feet of heated or cooled areas of the house OR lower agreed upon maximum occupancy established during the certificate process:

“Maximum Occupancy is (X) by order of the State Fire Marshal.  In accordance with Florida Administrative Code 69A-43.018 the maximum occupancy load permitted for one and two family dwellings licensed as public lodging establishments shall be computed at 150 square feet gross floor area per person.”

d. The maximum on- site parking available (maximum number of vehicles allowed) for the unit along with a sketch of the location of the usable off-street parking spaces and notice regarding areas where parking is prohibited.

e. Notice regarding the County’s Noise Ordinance (Article 5 – Noise, Walton County Code of Ordinances) and potential civil infraction fines up to $500.00 and/or potential criminal offense violation between the hours of 10:00 p.m and 6:00 a.m. 

f. The days of trash pickup and recycling along with instructions requiring all trash to be kept in provided containers. 

g. If the short-term vacation rental unit is located within the Walton County Wildlife Protection Zone, notice of sea turtle nesting season restrictions and sea turtle lighting usage.

h. The location of the nearest hospital with an emergency room and including a statement to call 911 in case of emergency

i. Information describing beach safety specifically the flag notification system and penalties for violation

j. Information related to turtle nesting area restrictions (if applicable) 

k. Evacuation notice that all occupants must leave when directed by state, county, or local authorities

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1. What is a short term vacation rental?
2. What buildings are exempted? 
3. How do I apply for a Short-Term Vacation Rental Certificate? 
4. Does my property be inspected prior to issuance of the certificate? 
5. Why do I need to have a local responsible party assigned to my rental(s)?
6. What are the specific duties and qualifications of the Short-Term Vacation Rental Responsible Party? 
7. What if I need to change my designated Short Term Vacation Rental Responsible Party? 
8. What does my short-term vacation renter lease/agreement have to say? 
9. Do I have to post anything at the short-term vacation rental, and where do I need to place it? ?
10. Can my short-term vacation rental sign be larger than 18 inches by 12 inches?
11. What is the occupancy limit for a rental house?
12. How many parking spaces are allowed per rental?
13. How do we obtain a TDT Registration Number?
14. As the property owner, I am available to address any issues do I still need a local responsible party?
15. What if my short-term vacation rental is three (3) or more stories high, is anything required?
16. How many trash cans are required per short-term vacation rental?
17. I just received a warning notification letter regarding Walton County Short-Term Vacation Rental Certification Program non-compliance. How much time do I have to become compliant?
18. How do we know if we are in a Wildlife Protection Zone and if we need to give notice of sea turtle nesting and lighting usage?
19. Does Walton County require a copy of all rental agreements?
20. Do we need a FL Dept of Business and Professional Regulation license? If so, how do we obtain one?
21. What is considered "Gross Floor Area" or "Livable Space"?
22. Will I have to renew my certificate?
23. Are there any additional requirements?
24. My HOA covenants don't specifically state that short-term vacation rentals are not allowed, can I still have one?
25. What sanitary and safety requirements do I have to meet?
26. What type of smoke detectors do I need in my Short-Term Vacation Rental?
27. What other fire safety standards are required for my Short-Term Vacation Rental?
28. How long do I have to become compliant with the life safety requirements in the Ordinance?
29. Will I automatically receive a Walton County Certificate if I am registered with Florida Department of Revenue, Department of Business & Professional Regulation, and Walton County TDT registration?
30. For the required posted materials inside unit, can these be in a binder, in the home?
31. Where do I get the evacuation routes with flood zone information?
32. Where do I find the approved locking device list?
33. Is every home required to have the specialized smoke alarm for the hearing impaired?
34. Do I have to register my condominium as a short-term vacation rental with Walton County?
35. Can I rent out my carriage house as a vacation rental and I live in the main house?
36. I'm a property manager, can I apply for a Walton County Short-Term Vacation Rental Certificate on behalf of the owner(s)?