City Reminds Residents with Short Term Rentals to Get a License

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:

Staff have created an application guide to help with the licensing process and can be contacted at [email protected] or 613-546-4291 ext. 3150 to answer questions.

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.