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Short-Term Vacation Rental Application Packet
This packet includes instructions for filing and necessary forms in a fillable PDF format. You can find out your Tax Map Key (TMK) number—also known as Parcel ID or Parcel Number—by visiting the Real Property Tax 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, which has been tasked with administering the provisions of Bill 108, 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.

Note: the front counter in the Kona office of the Planning Department will be closed on Fridays for in-person consultations and inquiries in order to allow staff more time to process permit applications, including the registration of short-term vacation rentals and building permit applications which are reviewed for land use.

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