Short-term rental accommodations
We are considering bylaw changes to allow short-term rentals in some circumstances. These changes will add fairness by treating short-term rentals like similar businesses, while protecting the supply of long-term rental housing and managing impacts, such as noise.
'Short-term rental' describes the practice of renting out a home, or a room in a home, or even a bed, for vacation stays of 28 days or less, commonly through an online platform such as Airbnb. Under our existing zoning bylaw, bed and breakfasts, and boarders and lodgers are permitted, but short-term rentals are not.
News and updates
October 10, 2023 – Public hearing
We'll be holding a public hearing for Bylaw 8631, proposed amendments to the District’s Zoning Bylaw would allow short-term rentals in principal residences only in all zones where residential uses are permitted, except non-market housing and caretaker units.
A public hearing is your chance to speak to Council if you feel your interest in property will be affected by the proposed amendments.
July 24, 2023 – Council meeting
We presented a proposed regulatory framework and enforcement approach for short-term rentals to Council.
February 13, April 17, and May 8, 2023 – Council workshops
We created an engagement summary which includes details of the engagement activities that took place between May and June 2022 and the engagement results. Your feedback was compiled and analysed to inform the next steps short-term rentals.
We presented the public engagement results on short-term rentals and outlined options for a regulatory framework for Council’s consideration.
May to June 2022 – Public engagement
We asked for your input and feedback on where we should permit short-term rentals.
May 9, 2022 – Report to Council
Staff presented a report to Council with proposed community engagement activities and timeline related to secondary suites, sensitive infill housing types, and short-term rentals. Council directed staff to proceed with the public engagement and report back with findings and recommendations.
April 11, 2022 – Council workshop
Staff presented a report to Council identifying options that could lead to increased housing diversity in single family neighbourhoods. The Committee directed staff to seek public input on secondary suites, infill housing, and short-term rentals.
November 25, 2019 – Council workshop
Staff presented a report to Council with the proposed regulatory approach and a summary of public engagement. Council directed staff to conduct additional engagement.
June – August 2018 – Public engagement
From June – August 2018, we hosted an online survey and informational pop up events, where we asked residents to share their thoughts on our proposed bylaw changes.
June 11, 2018 – Report to Council
Staff presented Council with a regulatory framework to permit short-term rentals, including specific bylaw amendments. Council directed staff to seek public input on proposed regulatory approach.
- View the report to Council (starts on page 233)
Proposed bylaw changes
Proposed rules for short-term rentals
To enable short-term rentals, bylaws would be amended to:
- allow short-term rentals in all housing types (e.g., single family, multi-family, suites, and coach houses)
- allow only principal residence dwelling units to operate short term rentals, with a valid business licence
- allow owners, or tenants with owner’s permission, to apply for a business licence
- require one off-street parking space for each short-term rental unit
- establish emergency contact and safety standards
- create new fines and enforcement tools
Review the proposed bylaw changes in depth
To enable short-term rentals, we will need to make amendments to four existing bylaws. These are the proposed amendments:
We would revise the zoning bylaw to create a regulatory framework for the operation of short-term rentals in the District.
The bylaw would be amended to:
- allow short-term rentals in all housing types (e.g., single family, multi-family, suites and coach houses)
- include regulations that a short-term rental can only be operated in the principal residence and with a valid business licence
- allow a maximum of six patrons at one time
- have one off-street parking space
Business licence bylaw
We would revise the business licence bylaw to regulate a short-term rental business similar to how we regulate bed & breakfasts.
The bylaw would be amended to require:
- an annual business licence to operate a short-term rental
- inclusion of the business licence number when advertising a short-term rental
- a signed owner’s consent form for rental unit tenants
- a signed strata corporation consent form for multi-family strata unit residents
- a parking plan that demonstrates the parking area for short-term rentals
- emergency contact info and safety equipment for short-term rentals and bed & breakfasts
Fees and charges bylaw
We would revise the fees and charges bylaw to create a $350 fee for a short-term rental business licence, which will cover costs for administering the short-term rental program.
Bylaw notice enforcement bylaw
We would revise the bylaw notice enforcement bylaw to create offenses for short-term rental regulations, allowing us to issue fines of up to $500 per violation of the rules.
Why are we proposing these changes?
Short-term rentals are part of the emerging sharing economy, and active regulation will help us manage any negative impacts.
These changes will allow property owners (or tenants, with permission of the property owner) to earn additional income from their properties and create opportunities for short term stays by visitors, while helping to maintain the pool of affordable long-term rentals, and manage any impacts to the surrounding community, such as noise and parking.