The City is reminding residents who plan to operate a short-term rental in Kingston to apply for their licence first. Under the Short-term Rental Licensing Bylaw, which took effect on June 1, all operators must obtain a licence for their short-term rental.
“This policy is intended to provide a safe and healthy variety of accommodations that support our local tourism industry, while also allowing residents to use their properties to earn additional income,” says Dan Hazell, Supervisor of Licensing & Enforcement. “We want to ensure that all operators are aware of the need for a license so they avoid potential fines down the road.”
Licences are valid for 365 days from the date they are issued and the fee is $180. A short-term rental is defined as any dwelling used to provide accommodations for a period equal to or fewer than 30 consecutive days.
The short-term rental licensing process is designed to be straightforward:
- Obtain and complete an application at CityofKingston.ca/shorttermrentals or in person at 1211 John Counter Blvd.
- Gather the supporting documents, listed at CityofKingston.ca/shorttermrentals.
- Pay the licensing fee after the application has been reviewed and approved by City staff.
Operators may receive reminder notices
Residents who have recently operated or who are now operating a short-term rental may be mailed a notice to ensure that they are aware of current licensing requirements.
As part of a Council-approved agreement, the City is working with Harmari STR to ensure compliance with short-term rental licencing programs. Harmari STR is a Canadian company which collects publicly available information on rentals through listing sites to provide an up-to-date list of short-term rentals currently operating in the City.
Those who have received a notice are encouraged to begin the licensing process as soon as possible, although no fines will be immediately issued.