Short Term Rentals

Common questions and answers regarding short-term rentals in the Town of James Island:

 

In summary:

 

  1. Does the Town of James Island allow property owners to rent their home out as a short-term rental, which is less than 30 days that can be rented on a nightly, weekend, or weekly basis on Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, etc. if the home is not owner-occupied?

No, in order to have a legal Bed & Breakfast or short-term rental for less than 30 days, the home must be full-time owner-occupied and go through the correct application process (see below).

  1. Is there a minimum night requirement for a home that is not full-time owner occupied to be rented out in a single-family residential district?

Yes, a home must be rented out for a minimum of 30 days if it is not full-time owner occupied.

  1. What are the application requirements to become a legal Bed & Breakfast in the Town?

You must apply for a Home Occupation permit for a Bed and Breakfast (again, only if full-time owner-occupied), Business License and Safety Inspection (fire sprinklers, emergency exits, etc.) with the applications available on our website here: http://www.jamesislandsc.us/forms-and-documents

If you have any additional questions regarding short-term rentals, please contact the Town of James Island Planning/Zoning Department at 843-795-4141 or planning@jamesislandsc.us

The Town of James Island’s regulations on short-term rentals in the Low-Density Suburban Residential (RSL) zoned neighborhoods, from the Zoning and Land Development Regulations Ordinance (ZLDR) are below:

 

§ 153.013  DEFINITIONS

HOTEL-MOTEL.  A building or portion thereof, or a group of buildings, which provides sleeping accommodations, with or without meal service, for transients on a daily or weekly basis, whether such establishment is designated as a hotel, inn, automobile court, motel, motor inn, motor ledge, tourist cabin, tourist court, or tourist home.

§ 153.110  USE TABLE

Hotels or Motels, and Rooming or Boarding Houses, are not allowed in an RSL (Low-Density Suburban Residential) zoning district according to the Use Table that can be found in Section 153.110.

“Bed and Breakfast” is allowed in an RSL zoning district with Conditions, with a Home Occupation Permit (must be full-time owner-occupied), Business License, and additional safety requirements. The Conditions are in Section 153.124 and Home Occupations in Section 153.210.

Month-to-month rentals are allowed.

 

 

 

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