Florida Senate - 2023 SB 1422
By Senator Pizzo
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to public lodging and food service
3 establishments; amending s. 509.241, F.S.; requiring
4 an applicant for a vacation rental license to provide
5 the Division of Hotels and Restaurants of the
6 Department of Business and Professional Regulation
7 with certain information; amending s. 509.281, F.S.;
8 revising penalties for an operator who fails,
9 neglects, or refuses to obtain a license or pay the
10 required license fee; providing an effective date.
12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
14 Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 509.241, Florida
15 Statutes, is amended to read:
16 509.241 Licenses required; exceptions.—
17 (2) APPLICATION FOR LICENSE.—Each person who plans to open
18 a public lodging establishment or a public food service
19 establishment shall apply for and receive a license from the
20 division before
prior to the commencement of operation.
21 (a) A condominium association, as defined in s. 718.103,
22 which does not own any units classified as vacation rentals or
23 timeshare projects under s. 509.242(1)(c) or (g) is not required
24 to apply for or receive a public lodging establishment license.
25 (b) An applicant for a license for a vacation rental must
26 provide the division with all of the following information:
27 1. Proof of inspection and compliance with county,
28 municipal, building, zoning, and firesafety codes reflecting a
29 change in use from a single-family or multifamily residential
30 dwelling to a transient public lodging establishment.
31 2. Proof that the underlying homeowner’s insurance policy
32 allows the structure to be used as a transient public lodging
34 3. A signed affidavit from the chief executive of the
35 municipality, or the county if the property is in an
36 unincorporated area, where the property is located confirming
37 that operating a vacation rental at that address is allowed.
38 Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 509.281, Florida
39 Statutes, is amended to read:
40 509.281 Prosecution for violation; duty of state attorney;
42 (2)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), any operator
43 who obstructs or hinders any agent of the division in the proper
44 discharge of the agent’s duties ; who fails, neglects, or refuses
45 to obtain a license or pay the license fee required by law; or
46 who fails or refuses to perform any duty imposed upon it by law
47 or rule commits is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree,
48 punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
49 (b) Any operator who fails, neglects, or refuses to obtain
50 a license or to pay the license fee required by law commits, for
51 the first offense, a noncriminal violation, punishable as
52 provided in s. 775.083, and for a second or subsequent offense,
53 the operator commits a misdemeanor of the first degree,
54 punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
56 Each day that such establishment is operated in violation of law
57 or rule is a separate offense.
58 Section 3. This act shall take effect October 1, 2023.