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Short Term Vacation Rental Rules and Forms

Vacation Rental Property in Hawaii County – How does it work?

Many condo buyers in Hawaii use their new property as an investment. Each island has its very own rules. Keep reading for specific information about the Big Island of Hawaii.

To apply for a vacation rental property in Hawaii County, you will need to follow the specific requirements and regulations:

 Download the Short-Term Vacation Rental Application Packet and Statement of Compliance. This packet includes instructions for filing and necessary forms. Additionally, you will need to provide your Tax Map Key (TMK) number, also known as Parcel ID or Parcel Number, which can be obtained from the Real Property Tax website:

Make sure to research and understand the specific regulations and requirements for vacation rental properties in the area where you are interested in buying. Additionally, it may be helpful to consult with a real estate professional familiar with Hawaii’s vacation rental market for guidance.

This is a general overview and may vary depending on the specific location within Hawaii. It is recommended to refer to official government websites or consult with local authorities for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

It is not as complicated as it may look. Have a talk with your realtor and local specialist about it!

Before we go into details, here is a link to current vacation rental approved condos:

Information and relevant links from Hawaii County website:

Bill 108, adopted by the Hawaiʻi County Council in November 2018 as Ordinance 2018-114, regulates Short-Term Vacation Rentals (STVR) on Hawaii Island. The new law: 1) defines where the use will be allowed; 2) establishes provisions and standards to regulate this use; and 3) provides an avenue for an existing STVR to apply for a Nonconforming Use Certificate that would allow continued operation outside of a permitted zoning district.

The Planning Department has been tasked with administering the provisions of Bill 108. It has adopted Rule 23, which has been incorporated into the Planning Department’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. Rule 23 outlines the new practices and procedures necessary to implement the provisions set forth in Bill 108.

Complete Planning Department Rules of Practice and Procedures

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