Short-term rentals are now legal in Vancouver
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Short-term rentals are now legal in Vancouver

Vancouver council has passed legislation that allows short-term rentals in the city. Owners and renters can now rent their principal residence for stays under 30 days, with a business licence. 

Short-term rental operators can apply for their business licence now, provided they have met the requirements.

Protecting long-term rental housing

The short-term rental program enables residents to earn supplemental income and also supports tourism and local business while protecting the supply of long-term rentals and ensuring health, safety, and neighbourhood fit.

Requirements ensure safety, neighbourhood fit

Short-term rentals will be allowed in your principal residence only, where you usually live and make your home and conduct your daily affairs. If you live in a strata, your strata bylaws must support short-term rentals. If you are a renter, your landlord must provide permission for you to rent short-term.

You must ensure your guests understand and comply with 'good neighbour' requirements around parking, noise, and garbage & recycling.

Take the quiz to see if you qualify

Secondary suites and laneway houses

Short-term rentals of a secondary suite or laneway house are allowed, but only if the property is the owner‘s principal residence or if it is rented long-term. If a long-term tenant wishes to operate a short-term rental, they need the approval of the owner before applying for a licence.

Fire safety

You must have interconnected smoke alarms, fire extinguishers on each floor, and if you have gas appliances, you must also have carbon monoxide detectors installed. 

You must also post a fire safety plan that shows guests what to do and how to get out in an emergency, and provide a contact name and number for someone who can respond 24 hours a day throughout their stay.

Buildings with more than three units must also have fire alarms installed. 

Read the full list on the requirement checklist.

A licence makes it legal

Remember: You cannot advertise or book a short-term rental in your principal residence until you have a business licence. And you must show your business licence number on all your listings.
Anyone operating a short-term rental has until August 31, 2018 to obtain a valid business licence. After August 31, if you list or rent without a valid business licence, you will be subject to $1,000 fines, prosecution, or other enforcement actions.

Need help?

Visit our website to find answers to most questions, and to apply for the business licence.

If you can't find your answer, call 3-1-1 (604-873-7000 outside Vancouver) to ask questions and get help with the requirements. 

You can also meet with City staff who can answer your questions and walk you through the licence application process at a drop-in information session:
Tuesday, April 24, 4:30-7:30 pm
Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch,
Alice MacKay Room (lower level)
Saturday, May 12, 10:30 am-1 pm
Citylab, 511 W Broadway (at Cambie)

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