SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (Monday, February 10, 2020) - The Town of Summerville has adopted new regulations for the operation of Short Term Rentals (STR). STRs are defined in the Town’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) as “the leasing or rental of an entire or extra dwelling unit by a permanent resident typically using a hosting platform in increments of less than one month.”
Property owners who are operating or who are considering operating a STR in Summerville will need to register their rental with the Town. Applicants can apply for a Lodging Conditional Use permit and/or Special Exception to operate a STR through the Town’s online Citizenserve portal, which can be accessed on the Town’s website: www.summervillesc.gov.
STRs are permitted uses in the Town’s D-MX, UC-MX, N-B, and G-B zoning. Property owners that wish to operate STRs on properties that are zoned with those categories will need to obtain a business license and have the property inspected to operate a business within town.
In the N-R, N-MX, GR-2, GR-3, GR-5, MF-R, and MH-R zoning districts, STRs are considered conditional uses and must meet the conditions established in Section 3.4.3.D of the UDO to be permitted to operate. For properties that are zoned GR-3 and GR-5, the conditions stated in 3.4.3.D will still need to be met, but the property owner will also need to apply for a Special Exception, which requires approval through the Board of Zoning Appeals.
D. Short Term Rental (N-R, N-MX, GR-2, GR-3, GR-5, MF-R, MH-R)
Town Council voted to adopt the new UDO on October 10, 2019.
For further information or for questions please contact the Planning Department at (843) 851-4214.