Short Term Rentals - The City’s approach to regulation

Monday, November 4, 2019   /   by Sergey Korostensky

Short Term Rentals - The City’s approach to regulation

Calgary City Council has approved changes to the Business Licence Bylaw to require a business licence and regulations for short term rental (STR) hosts in Calgary. The City is also updating the definition of a lodging house and adding a regulation for record keeping. The regulations will come into effect on February 1, 2020.
Definition of a Short Term Rental

A short term rental is defined as the business of providing temporary accommodation for compensation, in a dwelling unit or portion of a dwelling unit for periods of up to 30 consecutive days. Businesses that have been issued a permit for a bed and breakfast are not classified as short term rentals.
Short Term Rental Business Licence & Costs
As of February 1, 2020, the Business Licence Bylaw includes a two-tiered business licence category for short term rental hosts. All hosts must have a separate short term business licence for each property they rent out. Tier 2 licensees must obtain a fire inspection for the short term rental property before the business licence will be issued. 
Tier 1: 1 to 4 rooms offered for rent = $100 per property
Tier 2: 5 or more rooms offered for rent = $191 per property plus the cost of a fire inspection of $104 per property
Short Term Rentals in Secondary Suites
A secondary suite is a self-contained dwelling unit within principal residences or in backyards. They have separate living, cooking, sleeping, and bathroom facilities. Some hosts may choose to rent a secondary or backyard suite as a short term rental. In this case, the suite must meet the requirements for a legal secondary suite. If being used as a short term rental, the host must have a short term rental licence. For more information, visit on secondary suites Calgary.ca/secondarysuites
Regulations
Short term rental hosts need to be aware of the following regulations under the Business Licence Bylaw:

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