Short Term Rentals

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The City of Welland is reviewing short-term rentals to establish appropriate policies, regulations and licensing, and we want your input!

Staff have done extensive background research on the issues surrounding short-term rental accommodation in Cities and the different ways they are regulated. We are now prepared to commence public consultation with all relevant stakeholders, including the general public, impacted residents and owners of short-term rentals.

A short-term rental is all or part of a dwelling unit that offers short-term accommodation in exchange for payment and where the owner does not reside in the same dwelling. This includes units such as those advertised on various online platforms like Airbnb, VRBO and Flipkey, but excludes hotels and motels.

Short-term rentals are currently not permitted in the City of Welland; however, Bed and Breakfasts are, as are accessory apartments. Bed and Breakfasts are similar to short-term rentals in that they offer short-term accommodation; however, owners/operators remain on-site during the rental period, renting individual rooms to patrons.

Short-term rentals have become a popular means of accommodation and are featured in a growing range of websites that offer bookings. Despite not being permitted, staff are aware of several short-term rentals operating in the City, with complaints raised about only a few particular properties.

Council has directed staff to commence the process of amending the City’s Zoning By-law to consider short-term rental use and associated licensing and administration and host a statutory public meeting prior to final council consideration.

The City of Welland is reviewing short-term rentals to establish appropriate policies, regulations and licensing, and we want your input!

Staff have done extensive background research on the issues surrounding short-term rental accommodation in Cities and the different ways they are regulated. We are now prepared to commence public consultation with all relevant stakeholders, including the general public, impacted residents and owners of short-term rentals.

A short-term rental is all or part of a dwelling unit that offers short-term accommodation in exchange for payment and where the owner does not reside in the same dwelling. This includes units such as those advertised on various online platforms like Airbnb, VRBO and Flipkey, but excludes hotels and motels.

Short-term rentals are currently not permitted in the City of Welland; however, Bed and Breakfasts are, as are accessory apartments. Bed and Breakfasts are similar to short-term rentals in that they offer short-term accommodation; however, owners/operators remain on-site during the rental period, renting individual rooms to patrons.

Short-term rentals have become a popular means of accommodation and are featured in a growing range of websites that offer bookings. Despite not being permitted, staff are aware of several short-term rentals operating in the City, with complaints raised about only a few particular properties.

Council has directed staff to commence the process of amending the City’s Zoning By-law to consider short-term rental use and associated licensing and administration and host a statutory public meeting prior to final council consideration.