Bylaw expected to be in place by March 2020

Charlottetown’s Short-Term Rental Bylaw expected to be in place by March 2020
Posted on 10/24/2019
Charlottetown City Council, with recommendations from the Planning and Heritage Department, have pushed the anticipated adoption of the Short-Term Rental Bylaw to March of 2020, to allow required timelines for data analysis, industry research and additional public consultation.

Originally, City Council planned to have the Short-Term Rental Bylaw in place by November 2019. Prior to this, the Planning and Heritage Department had conducted extensive research of other municipalities who have a Short-Term Rental Bylaw administrated through a licensing framework. In May of 2019, the City launched a survey to gather public feedback and input, followed by a public meeting in June. Since that time, City Council along with the Planning and Heritage Department has been working to develop regulations around short-term rentals within the City of Charlottetown.

The City has contracted an outside firm (Host Compliance) to conduct a comprehensive review to provide numbers and statistics of short-term rental units operating within Charlottetown.

“The data continues to roll in daily and Planning staff are working with Host Compliance to present accurate statistics, which will be a stepping stone in drafting a meaningful and well researched bylaw,” said Councillor Greg Rivard, chair of Planning and Heritage committee. “Council felt it was best to delay and ensure we have all the information to make the best, most educated decision we can. Although there are other municipalities in Canada that have adopted regulations for short-term rentals, this is not a cookie cutter solution and it is imperative we have something in place specific to our city. In the meantime, we will be hosting additional public meetings to ensure all information has been considered and all voices have been heard. We will have regulations in place by the next tourism season, which has been our ultimate goal since this review has started.”

It is expected that adoption of the Tourism Accommodation Levy Bylaw will be withheld until the Short-Term Rental Bylaw is in place since the two bylaws must align.
Short-term rentals are defined as the rental of a dwelling unit or a portion of a dwelling unit for a period of less than 30 consecutive days.

The City will be announcing additional opportunities for the public to provide feedback on the Short-Term Rental Bylaw in the near future, including upcoming public consultations.
For more information, contact the Planning and Heritage Department at 902-629-4158.