Town looking at short-term accommodation licensing in Oakville

Wed, 03 May 2017

Share your thoughts at May 9, 2017, open house

How would you regulate short-term accommodation companies, like Airbnb? Community members are invited to an open house on Tuesday, May 9 to provide input into a proposed licensing bylaw.

Currently, short-term accommodations in Oakville are only allowed in properly zoned hotels and, bed and breakfasts. Despite that, nightly rentals offered through online platforms such as Airbnb, Flipkey and Homeaway are on the rise in improperly zoned areas of the town. At Council’s direction in the fall 2016, staff are studying short-term accommodation rentals in Oakville and how other municipalities are regulating it.

“Council wants to implement policy on short-term rentals that protects the livability and vitality of our communities,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “To do that effectively, we’re looking to residents to share with us their experience and insight into how this form of accommodation is affecting Oakville’s neighbourhoods.”

The town wants to consider both the needs of property owners, and residents of nearby short-term accommodations. During the open house residents can provide feedback on whether short-term accommodations should be permitted, and what rules and regulations they would like considered into a proposed by-law. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and gather comments.

A staff report to Council on September 25, 2017 will present the results of the public consultation process, information on the nature and impacts of the local short-term accommodation market, and recommendations on a proposed approach for short-term accommodation regulations for Oakville.

The May 9 open house takes place in the Black Box Room, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2309 Bridge Road. Residents can drop in any time between 6:30 and 8 p.m.