Short Term Accommodation Licensing

Effective November 1, all short term accommodations (STA) offering rentals less than 28 days will require a licence to operate.

Here's how to apply:

  1. Confirm which category of licence to apply for:
    • Operator (applicant is the one responsible for the short term accommodation)
    • Company (platform advertising for operators)
  2. To apply for an operators licence please ensure all requirements relating to your licence class has been met including:
  3. To apply for a Company licence please complete the company application.

For a full list of requirements please refer to the operator application.

Next Steps in application process:

  1. Complete the application and all requirements and bring it, along with your supporting documents and payment, to Enforcement Services located on the main floor of town hall.
  2. Only fully completed applications will be accepted. It may take up to 10 days for you to receive your licence.
  3. Once a licence has been issued you will be required to renew the licence on an annual basis.

For more information please review the by-law for details.

Background?

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:

  • Short-term accommodations are permitted in most housing types
  • A short-term accommodation host must be the principal resident
  • A short-term accommodation operator must obtain a town business licence for $237/year
  • Companies such as Airbnb must also be licensed with the town

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.

About short-term accommodation in Oakville

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.

Background

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.

Questions

For further details please contact service@oakville.ca