Short-term rentals

We are in the process of developing regulations for short-term rental accommodations (i.e. stays of less than 30 days) in both residential and commercial zones, recognizing the need to create regulations that are fair for citizens.

Currently, short-term rentals are not allowed in residential zones. Despite this, websites like Airbnb and VRBO, which enable people to rent out their houses, condos and rooms on a nightly basis, have grown rapidly in recent years and the number of short-term vacation rentals in Kelowna’s neighbourhoods is increasing.

This emerging trend has potential impacts on the local community. Every year, Bylaw Services staff are receiving an increasing number of complaints related to the short-term rental of residential homes. There is also a question of how short-term residential rentals affect the long-term rental housing stock in Kelowna.

Council recently endorsed the following guiding principles for short-term rental regulations:

  1. Ensure short-term rental accommodations do not impact the long-term rental housing supply in a negative way.
  2. Ensure short-term rental accommodations are good neighbours.
  3. Ensure equity among short-term accommodation providers.

We prepared proposed regulations based on the guiding principles and in consultation with stakeholders. The proposed regulations aim to balance the interest in having short-term rentals in our community with measures that protect long-term rentals and limit impacts on neighbouring properties and uses.

Council considered the proposed regulations on Monday, Dec. 3 (read the Council report here). Bylaws to implement the proposed regulations will follow.

Project Timeline

Public Opinion SurveyFall 2017 - COMPLETE
Council Review of Guiding Principles & Public Survey ResultsSummer 2018 - COMPLETE
Draft Regulations & Stakeholder Engagement

Summer & Fall 2018 - COMPLETE

Staff Policy RecommendationsWinter 2018/2019