North Palm Beach raises annual fee to register homes for vacation rental

Versie Dortch

NORTH PALM BEACH — Short-term rental owners in North Palm Beach will be required to register their properties and pay a $600 fee annually to operate in the village, according to a Sept. 8 vote by the Village Council. 

The vacation-rental registration program will apply to between 20 and 30 property owners in North Palm Beach who rent out their entire homes to visitors. The village hopes the program will curb parking and noise issues.

In August, the village supported a $450 fee per property, which would accompany the registration paperwork due Oct. 1 each year. Due to the amount of code, fire and building inspections the village must complete to run the program, its staff recommended boosting the fee to $600.

The Village of North Palm Beach

First reading:North Palm Beach latest to consider rental registration. Will a $450 fee stop parties, parking issues?

More from North Palm Beach:Teardowns bringing larger homes to North Palm Beach. Village officials say it’s time to act.

At least one vacation rental owner asked that the fee be waived for existing rentals. Council member Mark Mullinix said he’s heard opposition to the program from the local Realtors association, and asked whether there was a way to lessen the costs for existing owners.

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