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Yes, any home being rented for any period of time (understanding that there is two-week minimum stay regulation in the Code) requires a rental permit.
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The minimum length of stay under the Southampton Town Code is currently a 14-day rental. Less than that is considered a transient rental and not allowed under the Code. There is no maximum stay period.
An owner of a single family dwelling in the Town of Southampton may rent out up to two bedrooms in a house to not more than two renters or boarders total. All occupants in the house (including the owner who must continue to reside there) must share common kitchen, living and entrance facilities in a boarding situation. No permit is required for this activity.
The rental permit application can be found on the Town website. The application can be completed and either dropped off in person at 27 Ponquogue Ave., Hampton Bays, or mailed to the same address. We are working on being able to electronically.
Rental permits are good for two years in the Town of Southampton.
Rental permits are non-transferable and therefore if you are a new owner you will need to obtain a new permit. If during the course of your ownership you transition the property into an LLC, Trust or Estate, you will also need to secure a new permit under the name of the new deeded owner.
No. Advertising, listing or showing your house for rent without the benefit of a rental permit being in place can result in violations, suspension or revocation of permits and the ability to rent for a two-year period, and/or the imposition of an “in violation fee.”
This depends a little bit on the time of year. During much of the year it can take about 1-3 weeks from application to permit issuing. During the very busy summer season it can range closer to 2-4 weeks. These timings assume that the application is complete and that there are no issues when the inspection is conducted. The speed at which the process moves can be largely influenced by the applicant diligently turning in all required paperwork and making sure there are no violations at the property. In situations where the applicant determines it necessary or valuable to do so, expediting options also exist.
If the applicant elects to file a “Standard” application the safety inspection is conducted by a NYS Code Enforcement certified officer from the Southampton Town Department of Public Safety. If the applicant wishes to, they may independently hire a professional architect, or engineer to perform the safety inspection. In this case the applicant would use page 8 of the application, and this type of application is called a “Certified” application.