Short-Term Accommodation Licensing By-law

The Short-Term Accommodation Licensing By-law regulates and governs short-term accommodation dwelling units used for the temporary lodging of the travelling public. 

It applies to accommodations with a rental period not greater than 28 consecutive days or less in exchange for payment. This includes bed and breakfast establishments and short-term rentals. 

It does not include motels, hotels, hospitals, couch surfing or other short-term accommodations where there is no payment. 

Under the terms of the by-law no one shall: 

  • Carry on a business as a STA company, or allow another person to carry on the business, or hold themselves out as being licensed to carry on an STA business if: 
  • They do not hold a business licence issued under this by-law 
  • Under any other name than the one on their licence 
  • Transfer or assign a licence issued under this by-law 
  • Obtain a license providing mistaken, false or incorrect information 
  • Advertise a short-term accommodation without a licence 

Non-compliance with the by-law may result in fees and charges under the Administrative Penalty By-law

Apply for a short-term accommodation license