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Reopening Short-Term Rentals

Reopening Short-Term Vacation Rentals

Restrictions for Short-Term Vacation Rentals

Occupancy Restrictions

Effective 12:01 am September 29, 2020, Miami-Dade County issued Emergency Order 30-20 rescinding Emergency Order 28-20 and all the orders’ amendments. Short-term vacation rentals located in any structure may now accept daily rentals, however, Emergency Order 30-20 maintains the restriction of no more than a maximum of two persons per bedroom plus two additional persons per property not to exceed a maximum of ten persons.


  • Violations of this Order shall be enforced pursuant to Chapter 14 of the City’s Code of Ordinances.


  • Failure to comply with the requirements of this Order, or with the provisions of Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Order 30-20 and incorporated herein by reference, will be the following:
    1. $1,000 for the first violation
    2. $2,500 for the second violation
    3. Suspension of the Short-Term Vacation Rental License upon the third violation for a period of one year as indicated in Section 217-25 of the City’s Code of Ordinances. Any appeals of a suspension shall also be pursuant to Section 217-25 of the City’s Code of Ordinances.

Guidelines for Reopening

REMINDER: All short-term vacation rentals within the City of Sunny Isles Beach are required to have a City license to operate. If you do not have a valid license, please visit sibfl.net/short-term-rentals for more information.

All vacation rentals must follow guidelines for Hotels and Accommodations included in the Miami-Dade County New Normal Guide as well as the below guidelines specifically developed for vacation rental properties:

Health and Safety of Guests

  • Guests and homeowners/property managers must follow Miami‐Dade County guidelines regarding social distancing and facial coverings and are restricted to gatherings of no more than 10 individuals.
  • Remote check‐in/out should be made available when possible to cut down on face‐to‐face interactions.
  •  CDC resources must be provided to any guest while staying on property. These resources are available in multiple languages at the CDC website.
  • CDC guidance must be provided to guests traveling with pets and service/assistance animals if the property is pet friendly.
  • All properties must provide local COVID‐19 guidance for guests. Miami‐Dade County has a dedicated webpage that includes local information at www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/home.page.
  • Homeowners/property managers will add cleaning procedures to their amenities list and property description.

Cleanliness of the Property

  • All Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) sanitation guidelines must be followed: 61C‐3.001 Sanitation and Safety Requirements of the transient lodging statutes.
  • CDC related guidelines that are for public spaces, businesses, schools and homes must be followed which expand upon the State of Florida and DBPR requirements for safety and sanitation for all lodging.
  • Two days must be allowed for enhanced cleaning procedures to take place between stays based upon the use of CDC cleaning and sanitization procedures.
  • Housecleaning shall conform to the “Enhanced Industry‐Wide Hotel Cleaning Standards in response to COVID‐19” adopted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).
  • All cleaning shall be completed prior to guest check in, so as to avoid any physical contact between cleaning staff and guests.
  • Shared pools and elevators, as well as common areas, shall be subject to the Enhanced Industry‐Wide Hotel Cleaning Standards (AHLA).
  • Spare blankets and pillows shall be removed, unless cleaned between each guest stay.
  • To inform guests, signage will be placed at each property highlighting the cleaning protocols between stays.

Facial Coverings Required in Public

Miami-Dade County Amendment 2 to Emergency Order 20-20 requiring all persons throughout the County to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public remains in effect.

Facial coverings shall not be required:

  • at or inside a private residence or automobile
  • at or inside any religious institution, without limitation
  • inside a hotel, motel, or commercial lodging establishment guest room, or inside any apartment
  • of children under the age of two years
  • of persons who cannot wear a mask or facial covering due to an existing medical condition
  • of an individual who is hearing impaired or an individual who is communicating with an individual who is hearing impaired
  • where federal or state safety or health regulations prohibit the wearing of facial coverings
  • of persons actively engaged in strenuous physical activity outdoors if social and physical distancing can be guaranteed or participating in organized sports as defined by Emergency Order 29-20, as amended; facial coverings must be put on by athletes and other individuals standing on the sidelines of sports competitions;
  • of persons swimming or engaged in other activities which may cause the facial covering to become wet
  • while persons are actively eating, drinking, or smoking
  • while a person is receiving services which require access to that person’s nose or mouth
  • if a person is (1) stationary, (2) outdoors, and (3) a fixed physical barrier, marker, or obstruction exists to ensure a separation of not less than 10 feet between the stationary individual and all other persons.

Countywide Curfew in Effect

Miami-Dade County Amendment 3 to Emergency Order 27-20 issuing a countywide curfew from 12 am each night through 6 am the next morning remains in effect.

During the period of such curfew, no person shall make use of any street or sidewalk for any purpose, except police, fire rescue, first responder, medical, health care, media, and utility repair service personnel. In addition, the curfew shall not apply to persons:

a. Working at essential establishments listed in attached exhibit A;
b. Returning directly to their homes from work at essential establishments or going directly to work at essential establishments from their homes;
c. Making deliveries from essential establishments;
d. Walking their dogs within 250 feet of their residences; and
e. Traveling to and from any sporting event sponsored by the NCAA, Major League Baseball, or the National Football League, or any other national professional sports league or organization.
f. Traveling to or from any religious service.