The City of Kelowna Council heard Staff recommendations yesterday for moving forward with new Short Term Rental By-Laws, as the number of Short Term rentals in the City has been rising.
The new regulations are aimed at balancing the demand for short-term rentals as tourists visit the City, with the need to protect for long-term rentals and limit impacts on neighbouring properties.
The goal is to provide clarity on how short-term rentals can operate.
Short-term rental accommodation will be defined as a new use, with more specific regulations associated with it, and introduce it as a principal or secondary use in the appropriate zones. The amendments also remove the ‘apartment hotels’ use from the Zoning Bylaw.
Here is a snapshot of some of the proposals-:
The Public Hearing is set for 6 p.m. March 12th, 2019, and is expected to come into force later in the Spring.
If you do currently undertake Short Term Rentals, you will need to have a Licence, and there will be a new By-Law Officer enforcing this and the Licence fees are currently expected to be somewhere between $350 and $500 p.a.
To read the full report to Council please view https://www.kelowna.ca/sites/files/1/docs/community/Planning/short-term_rental_accommodation_regulations.pdf