Effective November 1, all short term accommodations (STA) offering rentals less than 28 days will require a licence to operate.
For a full list of requirements please refer to the operator application.
For more information please review the by-law for details.
On March 19, 2018-Council approved the zoning amendments and the licensing by-law with an effective date of November 1, 2018.
Here are some points of the new rules:
In addition, new regulations would permit three units within a bed and breakfast-up from two, to create more equity in the market between short-term accommodations and bed and breakfasts.
The term "short-term accommodation" typically describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. less than 28 days). Popular online platforms such as Airbnb, Flipkey and Homeaway facilitate bookings and payments for short-term accommodations.
Until now, short-term accommodations in Oakville were 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 began studying the issue of short-term accommodations in Oakville and how other municipalities are regulating this type of visitor accommodation.
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.
Short-term accommodations in Oakville were only allowed in approved hotels and bed and breakfasts. Despite this, there was rapid growth in unapproved nightly rentals offered through online platforms.
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