Short Term Rental Process

The process to create rules and regulations for Short-term Rentals in the City of Charlottetown has been ongoing. On February 15 and February 28, 2022, Charlottetown City Council voted to approve regulations, with the amendment that they not come into effect until March 28, 2023.

In order to provide clarity to operators, please see below for ten regulations outlining the minimum requirements to operate a Short- term Rental in the City of Charlottetown.

  1. A Short-term Rental means the rental of an entire Dwelling Unit or a portion of a Dwelling Unit that serves as the operator’s/host’s principal residence for a period of less than 30 consecutive days and defined as a permitted use by way of a Tourist Home.
  2. Operators can only use their principal residence for an STR operation.  Principal residence is defined as follows:

    a. The residential unit that is owned or rented by a natural person, alone or with others, where the natural person is ordinarily a resident and makes their home and conducts their daily affairs, including, without limitation, paying bills and receiving documentation related to identification, taxation, and insurance purposes, driver’s licenses, income tax returns, medical plan documentation, vehicle registration and voter registration; or similar information; and
    b. Where the natural person has no other property designated as such within the City of Charlottetown or any other jurisdiction.

  1. A short-term rental (STR) is considered a type of Home Occupation and permitted in only a residential zone.
  2. Permitted in any type of Dwelling Unit, except an Apartment Dwelling.
  3. A maximum of four (4) bedrooms in the Dwelling Unit can be dedicated to the operation.
  4. No kitchen and/or cooking appliances are permitted in a guest room.
  5. No more than one (1) booking may be permitted for a short-term rental lodging in each Dwelling Unit at one time.
  6. The operator does not have to be present at the time of stay if the entire dwelling unit is rented.
  7. Permitted in either a secondary or garden suite on the condition that the operator is present in the Principal Residence during the time of stay.
  8. One additional onsite parking space is required for the STR, properties located in the 500 Lot Area may be exempt from this additional parking space requirement.

The City of Charlottetown is committed to providing accessible information and is working diligently to ensure the public is informed. All information to date is available on the City’s website.

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