Savannah, Georgia Short Term Rental Regulations

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Last updated August 23, 2023

Savannah Short-Term Rental Regulations

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City Code of Ordinances

The City of Savannah defines a short-term vacation rental (STVR) as the rental of an entire dwelling unit (an apartment or house) for 30 days or less. The short-term rental of a room within a dwelling unit is regulated separately as a “bed and breakfast homestay.” STVRs are allowed in the Downtown, Victorian, and Streetcar local historic areas, which are all part of the short-term vacation rental overlay district. They are only allowed in specific Business and Agriculture zoning classifications outside of this overlay (B-C, B-N, B-L, and A-1). New STVRs in residential areas (see figures 7.5-1 and 7.5-2) inside the Downtown and Victorian districts are subject to a cap of 20% of residential parcels within each ward, which is a traditional division of the city roughly equating to a square with its surrounding blocks. This cap does not apply to owner-occupied parcels. Occupants shall not exceed four (4) adults for dwelling units with no more than two bedrooms.  For dwelling units with three or more bedrooms, the number shall not exceed two (2) adults per bedroom. Please note that bedrooms are subject to verification of building code compliance by the Zoning Administrator. The property owner of a condominium, as defined by the Georgia Condominium Act, O.C.G.A. 44-3-70, et seq., must provide a copy of the adopted condominium declaration either explicitly permitting short-term vacation rentals or the leasing of dwelling units for less than 30 days, or an adopted condominium declaration that contains no prohibition on short-term vacation rentals or the leasing of dwelling units for less than 30 days. Helpful Links of the City of Savannah: STVR - Short-Term Vacation Rentals Short Term Vacation Rental OrdinanceShort-term Vacation Rental Regulations

Business License Requirements

To operate legally within the city, STVR managers must complete an application process and secure an STVR certificate. Click here for the STVR Application. The STVR Waiting List Form should be completed by any property owner who wishes to apply for a non-owner-occupied STVR certificate inwards that has surpassed the 20% cap. When a vacancy in the ward occurs, the City will notify the candidate on the waitlist. On a first-come, first-served basis, the waiting list is maintained.

Building and Housing Standards

The City of Savannah has rules and regulations that specify minimum building, design, maintenance standards, habitability, health, and safety requirements. Some rules and regulations for residential and non-residential properties may apply to your listing. Please see the minimum safety guidelines on page 6.

Tourist and Local Taxes

Every 20th day of the next month, short-term vacation rentals must pay a 6% local hotel/motel tax to the City's Revenue Department. To make a payment, please follow the Hotel/Motel Tax Monthly Return instructions. In addition to the city hotel/motel tax, You must pay the Georgia Revenue Department 7% State Use and Sales Tax. To file State Sales Tax, you must first get a State Sales Tax Number from the Department of Revenue in your state. For additional information on the State Use and Sales Tax, don't hesitate to contact the Georgia Department of Revenue.

Other Rules

The city requires an exemplary rental agreement, which is a document defining the rules that an occupant must follow while staying at the STVR. A copy of the agreement must be included with the application. The STVR property must display this agreement. A sample agreement can be found here. All of-record property owners adjacent to a proposed short-term vacation rental shall be notified of the use prior to the issuance of an initial short-term vacation rental certificate. The notification shall be issued by the short-term vacation rental applicant, and proof of notification will be provided to the city. The notification to the property owners shall include
  • Street address of the proposed short-term vacation rental;
  • Location of any on-site parking for short-term vacation rental occupants;
  • Maximum occupancy requirements;
  • Copy of the short-term vacation exemplar rental agreement;
  • Name of the property owner(s); and
  • Name of rental agent and contact information.
 It is also essential to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, such as leases, condo boards, co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. Please read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable. Visit Savannah’s website for more information.  
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Savannah, Georgia Quick Stats

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City Activities

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

City Attractions

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

Savannah Rental Rates & Fees

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Property Types & Sizes

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

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What makes Savannah a great place to invest?

  • Historic District - Savannah's Historic District is the largest urban historic district in the United States, and is home to some of the finest examples of 18th and 19th-century architecture in the country. Visitors can take a guided tour, stroll along the tree-lined streets, and visit museums and galleries to learn about Savannah's rich history and culture.
  • River Street - Located along the Savannah River, River Street is a lively pedestrian promenade featuring a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. Visitors can take a riverboat cruise, sample local cuisine, and enjoy live music and street performers.
  • Forsyth Park - This 30-acre park is one of Savannah's most iconic landmarks, featuring a stunning fountain, walking trails, and a variety of recreational activities. Visitors can take a guided tour of the park, relax on the lawns, and attend concerts and events throughout the year.
  • Bonaventure Cemetery - This historic cemetery is known for its stunning architecture, lush gardens, and famous residents, including poet Conrad Aiken and songwriter Johnny Mercer. Visitors can take a guided tour or explore on their own, and learn about the cemetery's unique history and symbolism.
  • Tybee Island - Located just 20 minutes from Savannah, Tybee Island is a popular destination for beachgoers and outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can swim, sunbathe, and surf on the island's pristine beaches, as well as explore the island's lighthouse and marine science center.
  • Savannah Wildlife Refuge - This 30,000-acre wildlife refuge is home to a variety of wildlife, including alligators, bald eagles, and white-tailed deer. Visitors can take a driving tour of the refuge, hike along the trails, or participate in a guided birding tour.
  • Telfair Museums - The Telfair Museums are a collection of three museums showcasing American and European art, contemporary art, and decorative arts and design. Visitors can view works by artists such as Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, and Childe Hassam, as well as participate in educational programs and events.

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Local Real Estate

How expensive is the real estate in Savannah?

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 Savannah has increased 9% over the past year, and the average price per square foot is $308, which is higher than the national average.

Median Sale Price


9% YoY

Median per Square Foot


19% YoY

Average Monthly Rent


7% YoY

Local Short-Term Rental News for Savannah

Property Descriptions

The most common terms hosts include in their listings for Savannah, Georgia

Word Cloud for Savannah, Georgia Short Term Rentals

Common terms for Savannah 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 Savannah has a description approximately 2,565 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 3,753 listings in Savannah, 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 Savannah, Tybee Island, Vacation rentals, City, Forsyth, Perfect, Savannah vacation, Historic District, Beautiful, and Year.

What are the most popular tourist activities in Savannah?

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 Savannah involve going to the City Centre, Museums, Antiquing, Cycling, and Adventure Activities. 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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Adventure Activities


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Wildlife Viewing

Local Attractions

What attractions do hosts highlight to guests?

There are quite a few popular attractions in Savannah, including River Street, Forsyth Park, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah Convention Center, and City Market. 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.

Well Known Attraction

River Street

Included on 71% of listings

Well Known Attraction

Forsyth Park

Included on 71% of listings

Regional Landmark

Savannah College of Art and Design

Included on 71% of listings

Regional Landmark

Savannah Convention Center

Included on 71% of listings

Regional Landmark

City Market

Included on 71% of listings

Regional Landmark

Savannah Civic Center

Included on 71% of listings

Local Landmark

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Included on 71% of listings

Regional Landmark

Hunter Army Airfield

Included on 71% of listings

Regional Landmark

Oglethorpe Mall

Included on 70% of listings

Regional Landmark

Memorial Health University Medical Center

Included on 70% of listings

Regional Landmark

Savannah Mall

Included on 70% of listings

Regional Landmark

Savannah State University

Included on 69% of listings

What’s the weather like in Savannah, Georgia?

The weather is generally warmer than the national average, with an average high temperature of around 76°, while the average low is about 59°. The rainfall is much heavier, averaging about 41 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 Savannah 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

44° Low 63° High

Muggy Days
2.5 days


March through May

58° Low 76° High

Muggy Days
19.2 days


June through August

74° Low 89° High

Muggy Days
85.4 days


September through November

60° Low 77° High

Muggy Days
36.9 days