Short Term and Vacation Rentals
Short term and vacation rentals (STRs) have become extremely popular throughout the State of Florida. The ease in which a homeowner can rent their property utilizing websites such as VRBO.com and Homeaway.com has helped spur this growth and popularity. However, prior to deciding to rent your property for less than 6 months, there are several factors that must be considered as well as associated fees and permits.
The City Commission adopted Ordinance 21-019 on July 19, 2021 with an effective date of August 3, 2021, which establishes standards, regulations and enforcement for short term and vacation rentals within the City of Fort Pierce. Please take a moment to fully review the requirements and standards established by the City Commission.
The City Commission modified the registration and renewal fees effective July 1, 2023 via Resolution 23-R39. The initial registration fee is now $350.00 per unit. The renewal registration fee is $200.00 annually per unit; only rentals with a valid registration for the preceding twelve months shall be eligible for the renewal rate.
All STR registrations are required to be complete by September 30, 2021 in order to remain compliant with City Code. If you received a prior zoning approval via the conditional use process, you are still required to register your STR with the City and remit the registration fee pursuant to Chapter 22, Article X of the Code of Ordinances. The Good Neighbor Brochure described in the ordinance can be found below.
Vacation rentals less than 30 days require a Business Tax Receipt issued by the City of Fort Pierce in addition to the registration process. Any short term rental greater than 30 days but less than six months require only the registration process.
Please be aware that the City will be increasing its enforcement efforts to identify STRs that have not registered with the City.
The City of Fort Pierce has contracted with Host Compliance/Granicus to help us identify the short term and vacation rental units within the City limits. While this program has a very high efficiency rating for identifying units that are required to register with the City, some unit owners may continue to provide short term or vacation rental services without registering.
If you wish to report a unit owner for failing to register or if you have any type of complaint regarding a short term / vacation rental unit, Host Compliance/Granicus has provided both a 24-hour hotline as well as a web based complaint portal.
Call 772-227-1580 any time of the day or night to report a possible violation of the STR/VR program.
Online Complaint Form
Use the following link to report a possible violation of the STR/VR program. Through this link you can upload a website address for an unregistered unit or upload photos and other attachments.
Registration Link for Short Term and Vacation Rentals
The on-line registration portal has been discontinued. Please utilize the application found below to register your short term or vacation rental property directly with the City Clerk's office. For those renting less than 30 days, a Business Tax Receipt will be required prior to registration.