New regulations for short term rentals are now in place.
These regulations allow short-term rentals for eligible operators subject to a Business Licence and compliance with operating requirements.
Eligible operators must have a Short-Term Rental Business Licence. You can email your completed application and supporting documentation to email@example.com.
- Short-Term Rental Business Licence Application Form [PDF - 561 KB]
- Owner Consent Form [PDF - 459 KB](if needed)
- Strata Consent Form [PDF - 460 KB] (if needed)
You are eligible if:
- Your short term rental is your principal residence – the whole home on occasion (for example, when you are on vacation), or up to two bedrooms in your home with shared kitchen and living spaces. This does not include a self contained suite, except for when a renter (with owner's permission) rents out a suite (their principal residence) on occasion. For more information, view Schedule D - Home Occupations [PDF - 49 KB].
- You own a legally non-conforming unit where transient accommodation was a permitted use, otherwise known as a "grandfathered" property. Changes to the Zoning Bylaw now prohibit short-term rentals in residential units where "transient accommodation" was a permitted use in zoning. However, properties may be considered legally non-conforming under this use if they have been operating a short-term rental in a transient accommodation zone prior to the zoning changes, and comply with strata regulations and operating requirements. If you have questions about your specific property, please contact Zoning at 250.361.0316. However, please note that for properties in transient zones, legal non-confirming status cannot be confirmed until a Business Licence application is processed.View the list of affected zones here. View the map of affected zones here.
New Business Licence rates:
- $150 where the short-term rental is offered in the operator’s principal residence
- $1,500 for all other types of short-term rentals
*Please note: As this legislation was enacted mid-year, the Business Licence rate for 2018 will be prorated.
View the February 22, 2018 Committee of the Whole report with proposed Business Licence fees
View the November 23, 2017 Committee of the Whole report
View the September 21, 2017 regulatory framework report