Short-Term Rentals and Bed & Breakfasts in the SLRD

Oct 8, 2019
All Areas

SLRD Electoral Directors and Staff have been receiving an increasing number of complaints associated with illegal short-term nightly rentals. The number of illegal short-term nightly rentals also continues to grow. Additionally, SLRD staff and community members have voiced concerns about long-term impacts to neighbourhood character and rental housing availablity/affordability. Amendment Bylaws 1607-2018, 1608-2018, 1609-2018, and 1610-2018 propose the following approaches:

Bed & Breakfast Approach – Zoning related

  • Those that have permitted traditional bed and breakfast operations would be zoned to include bed and breakfast use.
  • New bed and breakfast operations would apply for a zoning amendment (similar to the way that member municipalities deal with bed and breakfast zoning).
  • The rezoning process would ensure traditional bed and breakfast operations are only taking place in dwellings with a completed final building permit.
  • The rezoning process would ensure traditional bed and breakfast operations have obtained the required Change of Use Permit to address fire and life safety concerns under the BC Building Code.
  • The rezoning process would help differentiate traditional bed and breakfast operations for short-term rental operations (the key distinction being that for traditional bed and breakfasts the property owner/resident is on site).

Short-Term Rental Approach- Zoning related

  • Clarify that this use is prohibited unless proper zoning is in place by adding a ShortTerm Rental prohibition section to each zoning bylaw.
  • New Short-Term Rental operations would apply for a zoning amendment, as per the August 29/30, 2018 SLRD Board resolutions. 

Current Status

At the May 22, 2019 SLRD Board meeting, Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1610-2018 for SLRD Electoral Area D was adopted. At that meeting, the Board requested that Public Information Meetings be held in Area A, Area B, and Area C. These meetings were held in June and July, and feedback was summarized in a staff report seeking Board direction that was brought forward to the SLRD Board on August 28, 2019. The report also included proposed changes to the draft zoning amendments based on public feedback and best practices. SLRD staff are currently working on further amendments, which will be brought back to the Board for consideration in early 2020. 

Staff Reports

Other Resources 

Hotel Association of Canada - A Modern Framework for Regulating Short-Term Rentals

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