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Planning & Building

Short-Term Rental Regulation 

What are short-term rentals?

Short-term rentals are a type of temporary accommodation and are now defined by the District of Summerland as the use of a dwelling unit for the temporary accommodation (less than 28 consecutive days) of the travelling public for remuneration. Short term rentals are regulated under Section 7.2 of the Zoning Bylaw.

Project Update

Upon adoption of the new short term rental bylaws on February 28, 2022, short term rentals are allowed in select zones in single detached dwellings, manufactured housing, secondary suites and carriage houses where there is a Primary Residence on-site (subject to regulations).

A business licence is required to operate a short term rental.  

Business Licencing

If you wish to operate a short term rental, you must obtain a business licence. Visit our Business Licencing page for application information (forms, guidelines, requirements).

Bylaw Enforcement

District Council resolved to provide a grace period until after Labour Day to allow owners and operators of short term rentals to become compliant with the new short term rental bylaws.

After September 6, 2022, zoning and/or licencing bylaw requirements for short term rentals will be actively monitored by the District and violations may result in enforcement action. This will include monitoring of online advertising of short term rentals and issuance of warning letters and/or tickets.

During the grace period, short term rentals will still require compliance with other bylaws, including the Good Neighbour Bylaw (noise, etc.). If you have a noise or other nuisance complaint, you can report a bylaw violation to our Bylaw Services Department.

Please visit our Bylaw Services webpage for additional information, located here.

Zoning Requirement Summary

A Primary Residence is required on-site.

A Primary Residence is a dwelling unit that a person resides in for the majority of the year and declares for legal purposes as their principal home. You can only have one Primary Residence.

A Primary Residence is required for whole house rentals or rental of individual rooms. If you only have one Primary Residence on-site, you are limited to short term rental of individual rooms within your home. The bylaw does not allow for an entire Primary Residence to be rented short term ("whole house" rentals).

Short Term Rental of an Entire Dwelling: If you or someone else lives on the property for the majority of the year in a separate dwelling than the short term rental renting the entire dwelling, you will meet the Primary Residence requirement.

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Short Term Rental of Individual Rooms: If you are seeking to rent individual rooms on a short term basis within the dwelling in which you live for the majority of the year, you will meet the Primary Residence requirement.
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Short term rentals are allowed in the following zones: RSD1 Residential Medium Lot, RSD1(i) Residential Single Detached Intensive, RSD2 Residential Large Lot, RSD3 Residential Estate Lot, RDH Residential Duplex Housing, RSH Residential Strata Housing, CR1 Country Residential, and A1 Small Acreage and A2 Large Acreage.

Short term rentals are limited to the following dwelling types: single detached dwellings, manufactured housing (Type 1 or 2), secondary suites and carriage houses.

Short term rentals are limited to one per property. You cannot operate more than one short term rental on a property. You can have a long term rental and a short term rental on the same property.

Short term rentals are limited to a maximum of 4 bedrooms and 8 guests. If your dwelling has five bedrooms or more, it does not meet the maximum bedroom requirement.

Short term rentals require one parking stall in addition to parking stalls required for other property uses (such as the principal residence and suite).  For example, if you have a house with a suite/carriage house, to operate a short term rental, you will need to provide 4 on-site parking stalls (2 for house, 1 for suite, plus 1 additional).

Kitchens are not allowed in bedrooms. Kitchens are allowed within the building, but rooms with sleeping accommodations are not allowed cooking facilities. 

There is an option for those renting an entire dwelling (a non-principal residence) to hire a licenced property management company to manage the short term rental, if there is a primary residence and the resident is not the operator. This allows for an off-site owner to offer a long-term rental and a short-term rental on the same property without forcing the tenant to run the short term rental.

Public Hearing Update

An electronic public hearing was held on Monday, February 14, 2022 and is now closed.

Public Hearing Notice
Public Hearing Agenda
Public Hearing Presentation

Project Summary

The proposed amendment bylaws for the regulatory framework for short term rentals received Final Adoption at the Monday, February 28, 2022 Regular Council (Evening) Meeting. See meeting agenda via this link: https://summerland.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Id=1674. Or, you can view a recording of the February 28th council meeting on the District's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB97k0pPx14.

A property owner can now apply for a short term rental business licence and a licence will be granted if zoning and licencing requirements are met.

See Business Licencing page here for further details. The zoning requirements are also listed below and we encourage you to review the short term rental licencing guide for a step-by-step check of zoning and licencing requirements.

Short Term Rental Guide

Notice of Business License Amendment Bylaw

Notice of the Business Licence Amendment Bylaw was provided and the comment period is now closed.

Business License Amendment Notice
Business License Bylaw Amendment No. 2021-049

Summary of Short Term Rental Regulatory Framework

The proposed regulatory framework consists of 5 separate bylaws to regulate and license all temporary accommodations within dwellings in the same way, with a requirement of having a primary residence located on the property to allow for a short term rental. This means that "short term rentals" and "bed and breakfasts" are under the same rules. The highlights of the regulatory framework is summarized below:

Allow short term rentals in select Urban Residential, Rural Residential and Agricultural Zones
Limit short term rentals to select dwelling types
Require Residency On-Site
Limit short term rental of a primary residence
Require Resident Operator or Professional Management
Other Regulations
  • Require one parking stall in addition to parking stalls required for the dwelling(s) on-site
  • Limit to one short term rental per lot
  • Limit to a maximum of 4 bedrooms and 8 guests
  • Prohibit rental of a bedroom containing a kitchen

Business Licence Requirements

  • Health and safety inspection of the dwelling
  • Proof of authorized residential use (i.e. a building permit for the dwelling unit)
  • Good Neighbour Agreement
  • Parking plan
  • Floor plan
  • Emergency Fire Safety Plan (exit paths out of unit, etc.)
  • Operator declaration as primary resident (or confirmation of professional management, if applicable)
  • $500 licencing fee (inspection included)
The operator of a short-term rental will be required to be available for contact 24/7 during a guest's stay and must respond to complaints with the District within 2 hours. No buildings or rooms other than those on the approved floor plan will be rented out and guests cannot use vehicles, tents, RVs, or other buildings for sleeping during their stay.

Related Amendment Bylaws

Please find links to the amendment bylaws below. Copies of the proposed bylaws are also available for viewing at Municipal Hall during business hours.

Zoning Bylaw Amendment No. 2021-048
Business License Bylaw Amendment No. 2021-049
Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-050
Bylaw Notices Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-051
Municipal Ticketing Information Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-052

Health & Safety
Ensuring short-term rentals are safe is an important part of the proposed regulatory framework. All short-term rentals will require an inspection. Only space that have been approved for residential occupancy will be allowed to be used for a short-term rental. If you have an existing building that has never been permitted, you will need to apply for a building permit before you apply for a short-term rental business licence. A copy of the Health & Safety Inspection Checklist can be found via the link below.

Draft Health & Safety Inspection Checklist

Previous Reports & Supporting Information
Please find links to previous reports and supporting information below.

Council Report - Adoption - February 28, 2022 Meeting
Council Report
Council Report - 1st and 2nd Reading - December 13, 2021 Meeting
RFD - Z21-015 Council Report
Council Report - Public Engagement Results - November 22, 2021 Meeting
IR - Short Term Rental Survey Results
Council Report - Short Term Regulatory Approaches - August 23, 2021 Meeting
RFD-Short Term Rental Regulatory Approach

Full agenda packages and meeting minutes for Council meetings are available via the link below:
https://summerland.civicweb.net/Portal/

Online Survey

A community survey was undertaken in October 2021 and we thank all that participated! Curious about the results? The survey results are now compiled. Results to the survey question are available via the link below. There is also a link to the report to Council that provides further details and explanation. 

Survey Results
Survey - Written Comments

Report to council - Public Participation Summary is available here.

Online Open House

An online open house was held via Zoom on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. A copy of the presentation slides, questions and answers, and a licensing fee comparison are linked below.

Presentation Slides
Licensing Fees
Q&A

How is a Bed & Breakfast different from a short-term rental?

The proposed bylaws use the same term of “short-term rental” to include a traditional “bed and breakfast” and the rental of a whole house.  These uses will be licenced in the same way.