What other fire safety standards are required for my Short-Term Vacation Rental?

Per Florida Code 69A - 

69A-43.018 One and Two Family Dwellings, Recreational Vehicles and Mobile Homes Licensed as Public Lodging Establishments.

(1) This section applies to one and two family dwellings, recreational vehicles and mobile homes licensed as public lodging establishments as defined in Section 509.013(4)(a), F.S. Except as modified by this rule, one and two family dwellings used by more than one party per living unit shall comply with Chapter 24, One-Family and Two-Family Dwellings, of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, as adopted in Chapter 69A-3, F.A.C., and incorporated by reference therein.

(2) Three family and four family dwellings licensed as public lodging establishments shall comply with Chapter 28, New Hotels and Dormitories or Chapter 29, Existing Hotels and Dormitories, of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, as adopted in Chapter 69A-3, F.A.C., and incorporated by reference therein.

(3) Smoke detectors.

(a) One and two family dwellings and mobile homes shall have an approved single station or multiple station smoke detectors continuously powered by the house electrical system.

(b) Recreational vehicles shall have an approved single station smoke detector continuously powered by 120 volt electrical service.

(c) In addition to paragraph (3)(a) or (b), above, an approved single station smoke detector powered by the building electrical system, and 120 volt AC electrical service for recreational vehicles, shall be provided in each sleeping room.

(d) To qualify as “approved,” smoke detectors shall be installed in accordance with NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code, the edition as adopted in Chapter 69A-3, F.A.C., and incorporated by reference therein.

(4) Means of egress.

(a) Every one and two family dwelling, recreational vehicle or mobile home licensed as a public lodging establishment shall have a minimum of one primary exit and one secondary means of escape.

(b) The primary means of exit shall be a door, stairway, or ramp providing a means of unobstructed exit travel to the outside of the dwelling, recreational vehicle or mobile home, at street or ground level.

(c) The secondary means of escape shall be one of the following:

1. A door, stairway or ramp providing a way of unobstructed exit travel to the outside of the dwelling, recreational vehicle or mobile home, at street or ground level that is independent of and remote from the primary means of exit; or

2. An outside window or door operable from the inside, without the use of tools or special equipment, that provides a clear opening having a minimum of 5.7 square feet of area with no dimension less than 20 inches in width or 24 inches in height. The bottom of the opening shall not be more than 44 inches off the floor. The opening must be directly accessible to fire department rescue apparatus or fire department extension ladder.

(d) The secondary means of exit and sleeping room smoke detectors are not required if the dwelling, recreational vehicle or mobile home is protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system in accordance with NFPA 13, Standard for Installation of Sprinkler Systems, or NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One and Two Family Dwellings and Mobile Homes, or NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies Up to Four Stories in Height, as adopted in Chapter 69A-3, F.A.C., and incorporated by reference therein.

(5) The maximum occupancy load permitted for one and two family dwellings and mobile homes licensed as public lodging establishments shall be computed at 150 square feet gross floor area per person. The occupancy load for recreational vehicles licensed as public lodging establishments will be the occupancy load designated by the manufacturer of the recreational vehicle, which shall be posted in the vehicle.

(6) Battery powered emergency lighting shall be provided for a period of not less than one (1) hour to illuminate the primary exit. The emergency lighting shall provide illumination automatically in the event of any interruption of normal lighting.

(7) Minimum acceptable portable fire extinguisher requirements shall conform to NFPA 10, as adopted in Rule 69A-3.012, F.A.C.

(8) A floor diagram reflecting the actual floor arrangement, primary exit location, secondary exit location and room identification shall be posted in a conspicuous location.

(9) A fire safety information pamphlet describing evacuation of the dwelling or vehicle, smoke detector information, procedures for reporting a fire or other emergency shall be provided to guests.

(10) Unvented fuel fired heaters shall not be utilized in one and two family dwellings, recreational vehicles or mobile homes licensed as public lodging establishments.

(11) Specialized smoke detectors for the deaf and hearing impaired shall be available upon request by guests in public lodging establishments at a rate of at least one such smoke detector per 50 dwelling units or portions thereof, not to exceed five such smoke detectors per public lodging facility, as provided in Section 509.215(6), F.S.

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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)?
37. If a property is owned by an LLC, who needs to be listed as the Applicant?