Short-term rentals

Currently, short-term rentals of less than 30-days are not allowed in any of the City's 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 appears to also be 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.

The City of Kelowna is in the process of developing regulations to govern short-term rentals in both residential and commercial zones, and recognizes the need to create regulations that are fair for citizens.

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.

The next steps will include drafting regulations and consulting with stakeholders.

Project Timeline

Public Opinion SurveyFall 2017 - COMPLETE
Council Review of Guiding Principles & Public Survey ResultsSummer 2018 - COMPLETE
Draft Regulations & Stakeholder EngagementSummer & Fall 2018
Staff  Policy RecommendationsFall 2018