Short-Term Rentals and Bed & Breakfasts in the SLRD

Feb 7, 2019
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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 January 30, 2019 SLRD Board meeting, the Board requested a survey be conducted in order to gain community input into the Board's direction regarding short-term rentals. 

Staff Reports

Other Resources 

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

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