As an Airbnb Host, it’s important for you to understand your local laws. We provide a platform and marketplace, but we don’t provide legal advice. Even so, we want to share some information to help you understand laws and other rules that relate to short-term rentals in Palm Beach County. The information in this article isn’t exhaustive, but it should help you start your research on local laws. If you have questions, contact Palm Beach County’s tax specialist hotline at (561) 355-3547 or ClientAdvocate@pbctax.com, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
If you host short-term stays (fewer than 180 consecutive nights) in Palm Beach County, you are required to have a County-Issued Tourist Development Tax (TDT) account number and a County-Issued Business Tax Receipt (BTR) number for each of your listings. Please make sure you understand the Tourist Development Tax obligations, as outlined on the county website, for your listing(s). You may also have requirements at the state-level (find out more) and at the city-level. You can also learn more about the County's short-term rental ordinance.
If you only host long-term rental stays of 180 consecutive nights or more, you do not have to obtain a TDT or a BTR number.
Step 1: Get a Tourist Development Tax (TDT) account number
What you'll need:
- Proof of identity (one of the following: driver’s license number, social security number, employer identification number, or federal identification number)
- Property Control Numbers for each of your listings
To get your required TDT account number online, follow the instructions below. Pro tip: Be sure to check out the links for helpful step by step visual guides.
- Look up your Property Control Number (PCN) for each of your listings.
- Go to the Palm Beach County’s TDT portal website and create a username and password. Verify your account via email.
- Log into the Tourist Development Tax portal using your new login info. Complete and submit your TDT application online (TDT Application Guide).
- After registering online, Palm Beach County will issue you your TDT account number.
Need TDT assistance? Contact the Palm Beach County tax specialists at (561) 355-3547 or ClientAdvocate@pbctax.com.
Step 2: Get a short-term Business Tax Receipt (BTR) number
What you'll need:
- Your TDT account number (from Step 1)
- BTR application form(s) for each listing
- A check to pay an application fee per listing
To get your required BTR number, follow the instructions below.
- Complete a Business Tax Receipt form for each of your listings.
- Write a check to the “Tax Collector, Palm Beach County”. There is an application fee per listing. Refer to your BTR form for the exact amount.
- Submit your BTR form in person or via mail. Pro tip: We recommend dropping off your BTR application in person at the county's Government Center to receive your BTR number faster (you may receive it the same day).
How to submit:
- In Person: Visit the Government Center, located at 301 N. Olive Ave, 3rd FL, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Monday–Friday from 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM.
- Mail: Tax Collector, Palm Beach County • Attn. Tourist Development Tax • P.O. Box 3715 • West Palm Beach, FL 33402-3715
Note: BTR numbers must be renewed annually, online.
Need BTR assistance? Contact the Palm Beach County tax specialists at (561) 355-3547 or ClientAdvocate@pbctax.com.
Host a licensed hotel, motel, inn or other traditional hospitality property? Be sure to complete this specific Business Tax Receipt application form.
Step 3: Upload your County-issued Tourist Development Tax number and County-issued Business Tax Receipt number to Airbnb
What you'll need:
- County Tourist Development Tax number (ex: 000012345)
- County Business Tax Receipt number (ex: 2020123456)
Return to Airbnb to add these numbers to your listing and your registration process will be complete.
Different counties and different cities have different requirements for Hosts. In Palm Beach County, as a Host, you are responsible for obtaining a TDT account number, BTR number and assessing your tax obligations for any short-term stays. We encourage you to go to the County’s website to find out more regarding your tax obligations.
If you have any questions about your tax obligations as a Host in Palm Beach County, contact the Palm Beach County tax specialists at (561) 355-3547 or ClientAdvocate@pbctax.com.
It's also important to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, such as leases, condo board or co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. Please read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable. You may also want to check out our Responsible Hosting page for the State of Florida.
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