All short term accommodations (STA) offering rentals less than 28 days will require a licence to operate.
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:
New regulations 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.
Confirm which category of licence to apply for:
To apply for an operators licence please ensure all requirements relating to your licence class have been met including:
You can now submit your business licence application online.
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Help us process your application faster by submitting your documents in the following format:
For more information please review the Short Term Accommodation by-law for details.
After you have receives a short term accommodation operator licence you must:
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.
For further details please contact 905-845-6601.