Vacation Rentals in Bradenton

On February 9, 2022 the City of Bradenton adopted Ordinance 3093, adding a new Article III to Chapter 22 of the Code of Ordinances.  This Ordinance regulates the operation of short-term rentals within City limits and requires owners to register their properties and meet a number of criteria.  The Ordinance requires property owners to obtain a Certificate of Registration in order to use their property as a short-term vacation rental. 

When considering the passing of this Ordinance, the City Council had to balance the wants and needs of short-term vacation rental operators with the needs of the neighbors surrounding the short-term rental properties.  The goal being to preserve the ability of property owners to operate short-term vacation rentals while preserving the quality of the neighborhoods for the City’s residents and to protect the health, safety and welfare of all.

Ordinance 3093 was amended on July 20, 2022 by Ordinance 4001 was adopted to clarify and streamline the registration process, and further amended on July 26, 2023 by Ordinance 4011 to remove the exclusion of condominiums with three units or more and extending the registration deadline for all vacation rental owners to December 31, 2023.  


What is a vacation Rental?

A vacation rental or “transient public lodging establishment” is a property that is rented to guests more than three times a year for periods of less than 30 days.


When does the vacation rental ordinance go into effect?

The Ordinance is effective as of February 9, 2022 with the registration process beginning on August 1, 2022.  Ordinance 4011 has extended the initial registration deadline to December 31, 2023.  


Due to implementation delays with the vacation rental registration system, the deadline for initial registration has been extended to December 31, 2023.  If you have received a registration request letter, please continue to register or come into City Hall for assistance with the registration process.