Short Term Accommodation Licensing By-law Review

The town is reviewing short-term accommodation licensing in Oakville

What is a short-term accommodation?

The term "short-term accommodation" typically describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. less than 30 days). Popular online platforms, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO and Roomorama facilitate bookings and payments for short-term accommodations. Short-term accommodations may occur in houses, townhouses, second suites, condominiums and rental apartment buildings; and may be operated by both property owners and tenants. There has been a rise in the number of people in Oakville, in the Greater Toronto Area, and around the world renting property or rooms in their homes for short periods.


May 9, 2017 - A public open house took place which encouraged dynamic discussion with staff on various topics relating to short-term accomodations such as safety, regulations and enforcement and neighbourhood impact. Display boards from the open house are available offering more information on key facts identified by staff along with the public comments noted..

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About short-term accommodation in Oakville

Currently, short-term accommodations in Oakville are only allowed in approved hotels and bed and breakfasts. Despite this, there has been rapid growth in unapproved nightly rentals offered through online platforms.

At Council’s direction on October 17, 2016, staff are studying the issue of short-term accommodations in Oakville and how other municipalities are regulating this type of visitor accommodation. A report to Council on September 25, 2017 will present information on the nature and impacts of the local short-term accommodation market, and recommend a proposed approach for new short-term accommodation regulations for Oakville, including a licensing bylaw and implementation plan.


In the last decade there has been rapid growth in online marketplaces that connect people looking for short-term accommodation with people who want to rent or sublet their own accommodation for the same purpose.

These online platforms, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO and Roomorama, charge a fee for hosting listings, managing bookings and payment, and sometimes providing insurance.

Short-term accommodations is emerging as a concern in Oakville.  Stakeholders concerned about the impacts of short-term accommodations have asked the town to curb short-term accommodation rental activity in residential neighbourhoods.