Short-term rentals

Over the past few months, we have developed proposed 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 clear and fair for citizens.

On Monday February 25, Council gave first reading to the Zoning Bylaw amendment for short-term rental accommodations. The regulations would allow short-term rentals in an operator’s principal residence in residential and mixed-use commercial zones, though they would not be allowed in secondary suites or carriage houses. Currently, short-term rentals are only allowed in some commercial zones. Select tourist areas would continue to allow short-term rentals without being limited to an operator’s principal residence. Anyone looking to operate a short-term rental would need to obtain a business license.

The public is invited to comment on the proposed regulations at a public hearing on Tuesday March 12 at 6:00pm in Council Chambers. Written feedback may be submitted by 4 pm on Monday March 11 by email to or by letter to the Office of the City Clerk, 1435 Water Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1J4.

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

In Summer of 2018, Council endorsed the following guiding principles for short-term rentals:

  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.

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 - COMPLETE
Council Bylaw ConsiderationWinter 2019 - RECEIVED 1ST READING