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Hilton Head Island Town Council Approves Ordinance for Short-Term Rentals

May 19, 2022

The Hilton Head Island Town Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance regulating how short-term rentals will operate on Hilton Head Island.

The ordinance applies to privately owned residential properties rented to visitors for less than 30 days. Although the ordinance is effective now, the Town will not start enforcing it until January 1, 2023.

"This ordinance helps preserve our residents’ quality of life in neighborhoods where short-term rentals exist. This is a good step forward to manage the impacts of these types of rentals," said Mayor John McCann.

The ordinance addresses short-term rental related:

The ordinance establishes the assessment of an annual fee for short-term rental permits. The fee is limited to recovering costs associated with identifying short-term rental properties, ensuring compliance with permitting requirements, and addressing violations.

Over the next six months, Town staff will develop and execute a plan for implementing the ordinance, said Anne Cyran, the Town's Interim Community Planning Manager.

For more information about short-term rentals, visit the Town's website at or contact Anne Cyran at or 843-341-4697.

Carolyn Grant, Communications Director