Residential Rental Permitting Program

Alachua County is hosting a workshop to discuss the details of the County’s new Residential Rental Unit Ordinance and the permitting requirements for landlords. The workshop is on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Jack Durrance Auditorium on the second floor of the County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, Gainesville). Property owners, rental property managers, and other interested persons are invited to attend. 

The public may view the meetings on Cox Channel 12 and the County’s Video on Demand website.

The permit application letters will be mailed out to property owners two to three weeks after the workshop, and the permit fee has been set at $122.00. The inspections will begin on October 1, 2023.  

The rental permitting program regulates rentals that are rented for 30 consecutive days or more and covers properties with four units or fewer. The Rental Permitting Ordinance does not cover short-term rentals (Airbnb/VRBO, etc.).

“The County Commission has recognized that some residential rental units in the County are substandard and do not currently meet certain minimum housing codes and energy efficiency standards,” said Alachua County Acting Assistant County Manager Missy Daniels. “In order to address these issues, the County Commission adopted a Residential Rental Unit Permitting Ordinance with minimum housing and energy efficiency standards that must be met in order for a landlord to rent a unit. The goal of the program is to ensure renters are living in safe, decent housing and to help alleviate the substantial cost burden many face from rising energy prices.”

For more information, contact Alachua County Code Administration at 352-374-5238.

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