- Planning & Development
- Short-Term Rentals (Airbnb)
With the growth of the "sharing economy," the City is seeing an increase in residents using popular websites like Airbnb and VRBO to offer their homes for short-term rentals.
Review these frequently asked questions before listing your property.
Can my home be used as a short-term vacation rental?
Homes in residential zoning districts can be leased for a minimum of 30 days. Vacation rentals can only operate with a permit, a license and in allowed, non-residential zoning districts of the City.
What are the residential zoning districts in the City?
The residential zoning districts are R-6, R-9, RM-1, RM-2 and RM-3. Use the tool at the top this page to find out which zoning district you are in.
My property is not in a residential zoning district. What are my next steps?
The City has two types of allowable visitor accommodations: Hotel/Motel and Bed & Breakfast/Inn.
-Is allowed in C-3, C-4, S-1 and RDV zoning districts
-Requires an Occupancy Permit
-Can be in zoning districts O-D and C-2 with a Special Exception Permit
Bed & Breakfast/Inn
-Must be an owner-occupied dwelling
-Requires an Accessory Use Permit for Home Occupation
-Is allowed in OD, C-2, C-3, C-4, S-1 and RDV zoning districts as long as all of the criteria here are met
-Requires a Special Exception Permit in zoning districts R-6, R-9, RM-1, RM-1.5, RM-2 and RM-3
Use the tool at the top of this page to find out which zoning district your property is in.
Along with the permits, owners must have a business license and must pay accommodations tax.
How do I report illegal vacation rentals?
Report illegal rentals to Planning and Zoning at 864-467-4476. If a short-term rental is a nuisance (loud parties, disorderly behavior, suspicious people or activities, etc.) call police on the non-emergency line: 864-271-5333.
Can I report these properties anonymously?
I still have questions. Who should I call?
Call Greenville Cares at 864-232-2273, and your questions will be routed to the proper department.