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City of Charleston Short-Term Rental Regulations for Daniel Island

August 31, 2023

Though the Daniel Island CC&Rs do not prohibit short-term rentals (1-29 days) specifically, a City of Charleston ordinance that went into effect on July 10th, 2018, regarding short-term rentals does pertain to Daniel Island and must be adhered to. Municipal, state, and federal laws supersede our covenants, conditions, and restrictions. In other words, the Daniel Island CC&Rs can be more restrictive but not less restrictive than City ordinances. The City of Charleston is responsible for enforcing short-term rental regulations. Again, short-term rentals are considered rentals of your home or part of your home between 1-29 days. Any home rentals longer than 29 consecutive days fall under the Daniel Island CC&Rs and are discussed below.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the short-term rental process please contact Jason Rowe, Zoning Compliance Coordinator, at (843)-867-7679, or at To report a short-term rental violation, please contact the City’s Livability Division at 843-619-6084 or at

The following is a summary of the Short-Term Rental regulations applicable to Daniel Island residents.

The entirety of Daniel Island (and all of the parts of the City of Charleston in Berkeley County, along with other areas) are in Residential Category 3 under the new regulations. This means that:

  • Residents owning a home and paying the 4% rate of property tax on it as a primary residence, having at least three parking spaces on their property, and meeting other permit process conditions, are allowed to seek a permit to rent out a portion of their property as a Short-Term Rental. For details, please contact Jason Rowe as noted below.
  • Residents who get a permit must be residing overnight while renting out portions of their property. Residents may rent rooms in any building, or an entire accessory building, as long as they are on the property while renters are present.
  • Residents may not rent without a permit.
  • Residents must adhere to all revenue collection and reporting laws of the City and State.

In order to get a permit, Residents will need to provide proof of primary residence status, (Driver’s License, Voter Registration Card, Property Tax Bill, etc.) and

  1. Floor plans are drawn to scale the habitable structures on the property that clearly designate all rooms to be used by STR guests and the specific room or rooms to be used by guests for sleeping.
  2. A site plan of the lot showing the location of the proposed Residential STR unit and the required off-street parking spaces and driveways.
  3. Permits are now available. With permit process, property eligibility, or other general questions, please call Jason Rowe, Zoning Compliance Coordinator, at (843)-867-7679.

Reporting Violations
If you would like to report a violation, please contact the City of Charleston Livability Division at 843-619-6084.

Additional Information
Additional Information can be found on the City of Charleston website HERE. Via this website, you can apply for a permit, renew a permit, file a complaint, and more.

All permits will be valid for one year and may or may not be renewed.

PDF Version of Short-Term Rental Regulations (download)

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