Short-term rentals

Short-term rentals are allowed starting April 2018 – but not before

A short-term rental (STR) is a home, or a room in a home, that is rented for less than 30 days at a time.

Starting April 2018, short-term rentals are allowed, based on new rules that City Council approved at the October 2017 public hearing.

Before April 2018, short-term rentals are not allowed in Vancouver, except in hotels or bed-and-breakfasts (B&Bs) that are zoned and licensed.

Current rules

Allowed

Long-term rentals (30 days or more at a time) are allowed in all residential dwelling units (or a room within one) if you have a residential rental property business licence.

Not allowed

Short-term rentals (less than 30 days at a time) aren't allowed, except for hotels or bed-and-breakfasts (B&Bs) that are zoned and licensed.

Report concerns

See how we enforce the rules on short-term rentals and report concerns about short-term rental operators.

New rules starting April 2018

Allowed

Short-term rentals are allowed when:

  1. It's your principal residence, in other words, where you live most of the year and the residential address you use for bills, identification, taxes, and insurance
  2. It's a legal dwelling unit
  3. You have a short-term rental business licence
  4. If you're renting, your landlord allows you to sublet your home as a short-term rental
  5. If you're in a strata, your strata allows short-term rentals

Long-term rentals are allowed in all residential dwelling units (or a room within one) if you have a residential rental property business licence.

Not allowed

Short-term rentals aren't allowed when:

  1. It's not your principal residence, in other words, you don't live there most of the year
  2. If you're a renter, your landlord doesn't allow you to sublet your home as a short-term rental
  3. If you live in a strata, your strata doesn't allow short-term rentals
  4. It's an illegal dwelling unit

Check if you can rent short-term

Use our quiz and scenarios to check if you can rent your home short-term under the new rules starting April 2018.

Will you have to pay the Empty Homes Tax?

No. To rent your home short-term, it needs to be your principal residence. The tax doesn't apply to principal residences.

Learn about the Empty Homes Tax

Why we’re changing the rules

Vancouver is facing a housing affordability crisis, rental vacancies are low, and short-term rental listings continue to grow. This large, unregulated market creates:

  • Health and safety risks to residents and tourists
  • Imbalance between hotels, long-term renters, and others with taxes and licencing fees

Allowing short-term rentals only in your primary residence with a business licence will:

  • Allow you to earn additional income
  • Provide Vancouver with short-term accommodation options to support our tourism industry
  • Help us respond to any concerns with noise, garbage, parking, and safety
  • Help us protect existing long-term rental housing and potentially add new long-term rental housing to the market

Timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones.

  • Oct 2016

    City Council asks staff to create new business licence rules for renting principal residences short-term

  • Ongoing

    Staff investigate existing short-term rental operations in Vancouver and other cities

  • Jul 11, 2017

    Staff present the proposed rules to City Council, who refers them to a public hearing

  • Nov 14, 2017

    City Council holds the public hearing and approves the proposed rules and related bylaw changes

  • We are here
  • Apr 2018

    Short-term rentals are allowed in principal residences and you can apply for a business licence

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