Miami, Florida Short Term Rental Regulations

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Reviewed by Derick Hargrave

Last updated August 23, 2023

Miami Short-Term Rental Regulations

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City Code of Ordinances

The City of Miami has permitted short-term rental structures approved by the building department for lodging in certain transect zones. The official Miami Zoning Map has all of Miami's various transect zones and the current permitted land use (residential, lodging, commercial) structure. In Transect Zones that lodging is permitted, however, if there is no Building Certificate issued for the structure to be used for lodging, it will not be allowed. Check out Zoning GIS Information and Miami 21 Ordinance for more information.

You can apply for a warrant permit and an exception permit from the City of Miami's webpage.Due to ongoing litigation between Airbnb and the City of Miami, short-term rentals are highly restricted in Miami. The City has proposed an "Apartment Hotel" land category, distinguished from residential and lodging use. Apartment Hotels are only allowed in T4, T5, T6, and CI-HD transect zones. The City plans to create separate Certificate of Use and Business Tax Receipt categories to be issued to Apartment Hotels. 

Business License Requirements

The first step to operating a short-term rental in Miami is determining that your property is in a permissible transect zone and its land use is categorized as lodging. Then, a Certificate of Use and Business Tax Receipt will have to be obtained from the City of Miami. To obtain a Certificate of Use, you must provide Miami's Zoning office with a certificate of occupancy issued by the Building Department, reflecting your building's approval for lodging land use. The following are the steps to obtain a Business Tax Receipt:
  1. Obtain a Certificate of Use 
  2. Prepare Information and collect the required documents 
  3. Apply for a Business Tax Receipt
  4. Get approval or address any outstanding issues
  5. Pay the invoice 
  6. The City will send an interim BTR license via email
  7. Don't forget to get a Miami-Dade Local Business Tax Receipt
Prospective hosts must obtain a lodging business license from Florida from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and register with the Florida Department of Revenue to collect, report, and pay sales tax and surtax. 

The DBPR license for short-term rentals in Miami-Dade County expires on the 1st of October each year. Its annual fee is $170, the half-year fee is $90, and the $50 application fee. Moreover, short-term rental operators with multiple rental units can choose a group license. You can use the online license fee calculator to calculate multiple-unit application fees.

Building and Housing Standards

Miami enforces rules and regulations specifying minimum construction, design, and maintenance standards for buildings, including habitability, health, and safety regulations. Specific rules and regulations applicable to residential and non-residential regulations may be relevant to your listing. Contact the Miami Building Department or the Code Compliance Department for more information.

The City's first memorandum regarding Apartment Hotels specifies that the building shall contain a registration guest and lobby, with any guests or occupants required to register at the desk before accessing the unit. This being noted, the City is not currently enforcing this specification for short-term rental inspections and is possibly subject to change.

Tourist and Local Taxes

Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida assess tourist taxes on any rental of a living or sleeping accommodation for 6 months or less. More information about the County and State tourist taxes is available on the County's government website and the State's FAQ page.

Other Rules

As a responsible host, you must comprehend and abide by other contracts or regulations that bind you. These include leases, community rules, HOA rules, or other guidelines set up by tenant associations. Feel free to reach out to your landlord, housing authority, or community council to find out more. To get more information about other regulations, you can also visit Miami's official website.
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Miami, Florida Quick Stats

Short-term rentals have gained a lot of traction in the last few years. The trends and statistics of this sector are constantly changing, and having access to accurate data is essential for making sound investment decisions.

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City Activities

Review the popular activities that hosts include in their property positing in Miami.

City Attractions

The most popular local and regional landmarks hosts usually include in their Airbnb or Vrbo property listings.

Miami Rental Rates & Fees

Explore nightly rates that hosts list their properties and the average fees for pets and additional guests.

Property Types & Sizes

What are the most popular property sizes for rent? Research whether a 1, 2, or 3 bedroom best fits Miami guests.

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What makes Miami a great place to invest?

Miami is a major city in the southeastern United States and the county seat of Miami-Dade County. It is the largest metropolitan area in Florida and the 12th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Miami is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It offers a wide variety of attractions and amenities for locals and tourists alike and is known for its culture, entertainment, beach life, nightlife, food, and more. It has something to offer for all types of travelers.

Miami offers many attractions to tourists, including art galleries, museums, zoos, theme parks, and beaches. There are also many popular tourist spots that attract visitors from all over the world every year.  Miami is a major center and a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade.  The city is also home to several professional sports teams, including the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Heat, and the Miami Marlins.

Some examples include:
  • South Beach (popular for its nightlife)
  • Coral Gables (popular for its historic homes)
  • Little Havana is popular for its Cuban restaurants
  • Lincoln Road Mall where you can find many upscale shops, restaurants, and cafes.
  • Coconut Grove (popular for its botanical gardens)
For those looking for more activities, there are also many outdoor activities such as kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding on Biscayne Bay or exploring the Everglades National Park via airboat rides or bike tours.

Miami Nearby Cities

Local Real Estate

How expensive is the real estate in Miami?

The cost of real estate can vary widely depending on the location, size, and features of the property, as well as market conditions. The median home value in Miami has increased 4% over the past year, and the average price per square foot is $527, which is higher than the national average.

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Property Descriptions

The most common terms hosts include in their listings for Miami, Florida

Word Cloud for Miami, Florida Short Term Rentals

Common terms for Miami short term rental listings.

When potential guests are scrolling through listings on Airbnb, they’re looking for certain essential information to help them decide if your property is the right fit for their needs. As a host, ensuring that your listing includes all the relevant information that guests will be looking for is vital.

Some of the must-have elements of a property description include:

  • Location: Guests will want to know where your property is located in relation to popular attractions, public transportation, and other points of interest.
  • Amenities: What amenities does your property offer? Be sure to list all features guests can access, such as a pool, hot tub, parking, etc.
  • Informative: The average listing in Miami has a description approximately 1,791 words long. Make sure yours is long enough to describe your property but doesn't require your potential guest to read a novel.

After reviewing more than 15,445 listings in Miami, we've consolidated the most common terms on the word cloud. The larger text represents a term that is used more often. The top ten mentioned terms are Miami Beach, South Beach, Miami, Hotel, Pool, Service, Desk, Balcony, Beach, and Place.

What are the most popular tourist activities in Miami?

Whether renting a house, an apartment, or a room, you should include popular tourist activities in your posting. The most common choices mentioned on property listings in Miami involve Swimming, the Beach, Museums, the City Centre, and Outlet Shopping. When you write your listing, have a section with recommended activities near the property to give your guests an idea of what is available.




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Outlet Shopping

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Scuba Diving


Water Sports

Local Attractions

What attractions do hosts highlight to guests?

There are quite a few popular attractions in Miami, including PortMiami, Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue Shopping Area, Bayside Marketplace, and Fontainebleau. Below we've included the most popular local and regional landmarks hosts usually include in their Airbnb or Vrbo property listings. Many hosts like to show off lesser-known regional landmarks visitors might not have heard of.

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Ocean Drive

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Collins Avenue Shopping Area

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Bayside Marketplace

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Miami Beach Boardwalk

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Lincoln Road Mall

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FTX Arena

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Brickell City Centre

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Bayfront Park

Included on nearly all listings

Local Landmark

Miami Beach Marina

Included on nearly all listings

Regional Landmark

Downtown Miami Shopping District

Included on most listings

What’s the weather like in Miami, Florida?

The weather is generally warmer than the national average, with an average high temperature of around 83°, while the average low is about 71°. The rainfall is much heavier, averaging about 40 inches per year, compared to the national average of about 27 inches. Snowfall is scarce, with an average year having no snowfall. The humidity levels in Miami are generally muggier than the national average, and the city has a mix of clouds and sunshine for most of the year.


December through February

64° Low 77° High

Muggy Days
33.4 days


March through May

70° Low 82° High

Muggy Days
51.5 days


June through August

78° Low 89° High

Muggy Days
91.4 days


September through November

74° Low 84° High

Muggy Days
71.8 days