Short Term Rental Business License

This license is required if your rental property is in unincorporated Gulf County. If your rental property is within the limits of the City of Port St. Joe or the City of Wewahitchka, you are exempt from the license. We do not verify if your home is exempt. BEFORE you apply for the Short Term Rental License, please research and verify that your home is in unincorporated Gulf County. Refunds are not given for any work that has been done and paid for in the Short Term Rental License process. 

Pursuant to Gulf County Board of County Commissioners Ordinance 2020-04, all Short Term Rentals established by Chapter 509 of Florida Statute must register for a Gulf County Business License. Business owners shall comply and submit their annual application on or before September 1st of each year, and a $100 annual business license fee. Each vacation rental unit shall be inspected annually by the Gulf County Building Department for compliance with both local and state guidelines and laws in the interest of public health and safety. Please read the next steps thoroughly to understand the process.

  1. Submit the form below for each rental unit.

  2. Within 7-14 business days you will receive an Invoice from the Gulf County BOCC via

  3. Pay the Invoice immediately by check via drop-off or mail-in.

  4. Once payment is received, you will be notified to contact the building department to schedule your inspection.

  5. After the inspection is completed and signed, within 7-14 business days you will receive your Short Term Rental Business License via email.

If you have any further questions, please email

**Inspections may take a while. However, as long as your payment has been received and processed and you have contacted the Building Department to schedule your inspection, you are in good standing. Please note that due to a high influx of applications, all processing times may vary between 7-14 business days. 


Short Term Rental License Updates:

Announcement Letter

Owner and Information

Authorized Agent Information

Business Information

This number is the one that the Gulf County Tax Collector gives you when you register to pay Tourist Development Tax.

If you are unaware of this number, please reach out to Florida Department of Revenue, or whatever company remits your State Sales Tax


SunBiz Certficate

If applicable , please upload an image of your SunBiz Certificate. 

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