The City is considering proposed new regulations for short term rentals, which allows short-term rentals in principal residences, subject to a business licence and compliance with operating requirements.
Council has approved changes to the Zoning Bylaw to prohibit short term rentals in residential units where ‘transient accommodation’ is a permitted use in zoning. View the Report Here (Item 5). These changes are in effect now.
As of September 21, 2017 Short Term Rentals are currently only permitted in Victoria in:
- up to two bedrooms within a single family dwelling in Schedule D – Home Occupations (this use means up to two bedrooms within an occupied dwelling unit with shared kitchen and living space and does not include self-contained suites such as secondary suites or garden suites)
- where “transient accommodation’ is permitted, some short term rentals may be allowed to continue to operate based on non-conforming use provisions in the Local Government Act.
Where Short Term Rentals are permitted, a transient business license is required. (Learn more about business licenses and how to apply for one here).
For more information: Zoning Changes Affecting Short Term Rentals
Still have questions?
- For questions related to a specific property: See Zoning
- For questions about business licences and how to apply: See Business Licences & Permits
- For questions related to enforcement: See Bylaw Services
- For questions related to future policy changes: Contact Legislative Services by phone at 250.361.0571 or via email.
Short Term Rental and Zoning FAQs: