IE10 and below are not supported.

Contact us for any help on browser support

Vacation Rental Units and Bed & Breakfasts

Vacation Rental Units and Bed & Breakfasts: Community Engagement

The City is reviewing its regulations with respect to Vacation Rental Units and Bed and Breakfasts with the intention of establishing appropriate policies, regulations and licensing.

Background:
A vacation rental unit is a dwelling unit that is rented out to a single group of travelers at one time for a period of less than 28 days.

A bed and breakfast is an establishment that provides guest rooms and breakfast to the travelling public. It is in the principal dwelling of the proprietor (owner or manager).

To date vacation rental units have only been permitted on a site specific basis through a zoning amendment. With the exception of the River Road Satellite District and the Tourist Commercial zone where bed and breakfasts are permitted as-of-right, bed and breakfasts are also only permitted on a site specific basis through a zoning amendment. Nevertheless with the advent of the sharing economy and websites such as airbnb.com many vacation rental units and bed and breakfasts have been established without municipal approval and licensing.

Council has directed staff to obtain feedback on regulating vacation rental units and bed and breakfasts, prior to a statutory public meeting of Council to consider further amendments to the City’s planning documents and licensing by-law. Approaches the City could take, based on the approach of other municipalities and public comments, include the following:

  • Prohibit any new vacation rental units and bed and breakfasts if not currently legally established.

  • Permit vacation rental units and bed and breakfasts on lands designated Residential, Commercial and Rural throughout the City, but require a zoning by-law amendment to permit them on a site by site basis, subject to criteria set out in the Official Plan.

  • Permit vacation rental dwellings and bed and breakfasts as-of-right on lands designated Residential, Commercial and Rural in the Official Plan and zoned certain Residential, Commercial and Rural zones, but strictly regulate the size of such uses and establish a comprehensive licensing and enforcement scheme to regulate the operation of these uses.

  • Only permit vacation rental units and bed and breakfasts on lands designated Tourist Commercial in the Official Plan and zoned Tourist Commercial.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Public Engagement Meeting, or completed the online survey. The consultation period has now closed. An update on the findings will be provided in the coming months.

Vacation Rental Units and Bed & Breakfasts: Community Engagement

The City is reviewing its regulations with respect to Vacation Rental Units and Bed and Breakfasts with the intention of establishing appropriate policies, regulations and licensing.

Background:
A vacation rental unit is a dwelling unit that is rented out to a single group of travelers at one time for a period of less than 28 days.

A bed and breakfast is an establishment that provides guest rooms and breakfast to the travelling public. It is in the principal dwelling of the proprietor (owner or manager).

To date vacation rental units have only been permitted on a site specific basis through a zoning amendment. With the exception of the River Road Satellite District and the Tourist Commercial zone where bed and breakfasts are permitted as-of-right, bed and breakfasts are also only permitted on a site specific basis through a zoning amendment. Nevertheless with the advent of the sharing economy and websites such as airbnb.com many vacation rental units and bed and breakfasts have been established without municipal approval and licensing.

Council has directed staff to obtain feedback on regulating vacation rental units and bed and breakfasts, prior to a statutory public meeting of Council to consider further amendments to the City’s planning documents and licensing by-law. Approaches the City could take, based on the approach of other municipalities and public comments, include the following:

  • Prohibit any new vacation rental units and bed and breakfasts if not currently legally established.

  • Permit vacation rental units and bed and breakfasts on lands designated Residential, Commercial and Rural throughout the City, but require a zoning by-law amendment to permit them on a site by site basis, subject to criteria set out in the Official Plan.

  • Permit vacation rental dwellings and bed and breakfasts as-of-right on lands designated Residential, Commercial and Rural in the Official Plan and zoned certain Residential, Commercial and Rural zones, but strictly regulate the size of such uses and establish a comprehensive licensing and enforcement scheme to regulate the operation of these uses.

  • Only permit vacation rental units and bed and breakfasts on lands designated Tourist Commercial in the Official Plan and zoned Tourist Commercial.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Public Engagement Meeting, or completed the online survey. The consultation period has now closed. An update on the findings will be provided in the coming months.