Short Term Rental Process

The City of Charlottetown’s Planning and Heritage Department would like to remind the public that the process for the development of Short-term Rental regulations is in the early stages. As with any draft bylaw, no decisions have been made as to what the final regulations, bylaw, or bylaw amendments will be.

The City of Charlottetown Planning and Heritage Department wishes to invite residents to an Open House Public Meeting at 7 pm, May 17, 2021 at the Mainstage, Confederation Centre of the Arts, 145 Richmond Street (Also accessible via Videoconference (Webex) and live stream at www.charlottetown.ca/video) to update residents on the current state of the short-term rental market and seek input from residents on potential regulations and licensing requirements for short-term rentals (STRs) within the City of Charlottetown.

The purpose of the meeting is for Council to hear from residents on this issue before providing further direction to City staff with regard to how short-term rentals should be managed moving forward. 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. Any STR regulations will have a number of different implications for residents, homeowners/renters, hosts, and the tourism industry. These proposed regulations went to Planning Board in March 2020 to proceed to public consultation, however due to COVID-19, they were placed on hold at that time. The public meeting is now scheduled to proceed, and the feedback received from residents will be considered when finalizing the STR regulatory framework.

Those who wish to participate in the public meeting in person must reserve a seat by visiting www.confederationcentre.com. To purchase free tickets, click on “What’s On”, followed by “Short Term Rentals within the City of Charlottetown”, and click “Buy Tickets.” Members of the public can also book by phone at 1 (902) 566-1267 or by email at info@confederationcentre.com. For contact tracing purposes, and due to the capacity limit of 300 seats, those wishing to participate in person must register in advance.

If capacity is reached or those who are unable or uncomfortable attending in person can participate in the public meeting via videoconference (Webex). The presentation will also be live streamed at www.charlottetown.ca/video and will be available to watch anytime on the City of Charlottetown’s YouTube channel following the public consultation.

Residents wishing to participate via Webex are encouraged to contact the Planning & Heritage Department by email at planning@charlottetown.ca  or call 902-629-4158 on or before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2021 to provide contact details (name, phone number and/or email address). Business hours are between 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday. Staff will contact interested participants no later 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021 with details on how to participate in the meeting.

The Confederation Centre is an accessible venue. For more information about the Centre’s accessibility, or to notify box office representatives of specific requirements, please visit https://confederationcentre.com/venues/mainstage-theatre/ . Anyone attending the public meeting in person is asked to adhere to the guidelines established by the Chief Public Health Office, which includes washing your hands frequently with soap and water, staying home if you are not feeling well, staying two meters (6 feet) apart from others, and wearing a mask while in closed, indoor public spaces. Up-to-date information about COVID-19 on Prince Edward Island is available at www.princeedwardisland.ca/covid19

The proposed amendments/presentation regarding the Short Term Rentals will be found below when available. As the City encourages written submissions, please forward any written comments before May 21, 2021 to the Planning & Heritage Department at P.O. Box 98, 199 Queen Street, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 7K2. Comments may also be emailed to planning@charlottetown.ca. Any responses received will become part of the public record.

To stay up-to-date on meeting notifications, subscribe to the meeting calendar under the Mayor and Council section. Meeting agendas and packages are also available under this section of the City’s website.

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

To view  previous presentations and documents on the topic, click the links below: