MISSION: Protect the health and safety of the public by providing the industry with quality inspections and fair regulation.
The Division of Hotels and Restaurants (H&R) licenses, inspects and regulates public lodging and food service establishments in Florida under Chapter 509, Florida Statutes (FS). The division also licenses and regulates elevators, escalators and other vertical conveyance devices under Chapter 399, FS.
Accelerated Approval of Online Vacation Rental License Applications
The Division of Hotels & Restaurants now offers accelerated approval if you submit your vacation rental license application online. Applications that are submitted through DBPR’s Online Services can be approved nearly instantly if all required application fields are completed accurately and submitted in conjunction with the required license fees. In most instances, applicants can expect to receive their vacation rental license within minutes of successfully submitting their application – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This customer service enhancement is intended to further improve the division’s quality of service for our vacation rental licensees.
Current information on COVID-19
On March 1, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Surgeon General to declare a public health emergency and to coordinate the state’s emergency response activities as necessary to protect the public in the prevention and control of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). For information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida, visit the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage at http://www.floridahealth.gov/COVID-19.
Self-print Licenses for Food & Lodging
Every day DBPR works to improve the way we do business. In this effort to serve you better we are pleased to inform you the Division of Hotels & Restaurants is transitioning to paperless licenses. Licensees now have the ability to self-print their license(s) electronically through their DBPR online account. Self-print licenses are in PDF format and are emailed as an attachment to the email address associated with the DBPR online account. This process significantly reduces the time and expense it would otherwise take to distribute licenses by mail.
We anticipate a transition period during 2021 in which licensees without a DBPR Account will continue to receive a hard copy paper license via US mail. Our goal is to eventually discontinue issuing paper licenses.
The Division encourages license holders to create a DBPR account to manage their food or lodging license now. New business owners should begin by applying online, all food and lodging license applications are available though our online services (Apply Now). With an account owners can perform routine license maintenance through our website, including renewals, payments, mailing address updates, duplicate licenses and new applications. An account also enables electronic payments via our DBPR mobile app available from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Go to My Account and set up your account now.
Online Accounts – Video Help
Transition to the 2017 FDA Food Code
Effective November 1, 2019, the Division of Hotels and Restaurants has adopted the 2017 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Code, which establishes practical, science-based guidance and enforceable provisions for reducing risk factors known to cause or contribute to foodborne illness. There are some major changes food service operators licensed by the Division should carefully review to ensure they are in compliance. For more information please visit our Inspections page.
Human Trafficking Awareness
In 2019 section 509.096 was added to Chapter 509, Florida Statutes. This section requires all public lodging establishments to provide annual training on human trafficking awareness to employees of the establishment who perform housekeeping duties in the rental units or who work at the front desk or reception area where guests check in or check out. The training must be provided for new employees within 60 days after they begin employment in a housekeeping or reception area role, or by January 1, 2021, whichever occurs later. For more information please visit our Human Trafficking Awareness page.
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Permanent Food Service (Seating)
Permanent Food Service (Non-Seating)
Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicle or Hot Dog Cart
Theme Park Cart
Culinary Education Program
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Apartment - Non-Transient
- Five or more units in a building or complex.
- The rental periods are for at least 30 days or 1 calendar month (whichever is less) – OR – the rental unit is advertised or held out to the public as a place regularly rented to guests.
- 75% or more of the units in the apartment building or complex are available for rent as nontransient occupancy – meaning the rental unit is considered to be the renter’s sole residence and the stay is not temporary.
Apartment - Transient
- One or more units in a single complex of buildings.
- The unit is rented more than 3 times in a calendar year and the rental periods are less than 30 days or 1 calendar month (whichever is less) – OR – the rental unit is advertised or held out to the public as a place regularly rented to guests.
- More than 25% of the units in the apartment building or complex are available for rent as transient occupancy – meaning the rental unit is not considered to be the renter’s sole residence and the stay is only temporary.
Bed and Breakfast Inn
- No more than 15 sleeping rooms (bedrooms).
- The sleeping rooms are attached to a family home structure (e.g., home, house, or dwelling occupied by a family) that is recognized by the community as a bed and breakfast.
- You provide meal services along with the lodging accommodations.
- Please note that by definition Bed and Breakfast Inns also require a food service license (Permanent Food Service (Seating)).
- Rents at least six units transiently (temporary – not the sole residence).
- Has exits from each unit that exit outside the building (not into an inside hallway).
- Offers daily and weekly rates.
- Provides off-street parking for each unit.
- Has a central office on the property with specific hours of operation.
- Provides a bathroom or connecting bathroom for each unit.
- Is recognized by the community as a motel.
Vacation Rental - Condo
All requests for public records, complaints, forms, and applications for licenses can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.
Steven von Bodungen, Director
Division of Hotels and Restaurants
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1011