Collingwood Launching Short-term Accommodations Licensing Program in 2024

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The Town of Collingwood is pleased to announce a significant advancement in managing short-term accommodations (STAs) within Collingwood. On November 6th, 2023, Council approved the STA Licensing By-law and a two-phased approach for implementing the STA Licensing Program, as detailed in Staff Report C2023-24. This initiative marks a major step forward in regulating STAs in the community and addressing concerns about their impact on neighbourhoods.

“Thank you to all community members and stakeholders for your invaluable input and active participation in shaping the Town’s approach to STAs. The licensing program represents a pivotal step in our ongoing efforts to regulate, limit and manage STAs within our community, ensuring they contribute positively to the town while respecting the character and quality of our neighbourhoods.”

Mayor Yvonne Hamlin

‘Short-term accommodation’ is defined as the use of a dwelling unit, or any part thereof, as a home occupation, that is operating or offering a place of temporary residence, lodging or occupancy by way of concession, permit, lease, licence, rental agreement, or similar commercial arrangement for any period of thirty (30) consecutive calendar days or less, throughout all or any part of a calendar year. STA does not mean or include a hotel, motel or similar commercial accommodation use, but includes a bed and breakfast as set out in the Town’s Zoning By-law No. 2010-040.

Currently, in the Town of Collingwood, using a dwelling unit or any part of a dwelling as a STA, other than as a bed and breakfast, is prohibited. Bed and breakfasts are a type of home occupation engaged in providing STA.

Under Phase 1, existing and new bed and breakfasts can apply for a Class A (Partial Unit Rental) Licence beginning on February 1st, 2024. Details on the application process are forthcoming and will be posted on our dedicated webpage www.collingwood.ca/stalicensing. The Town must receive all Class A Licence applications by the deadline of March 1st, 2024, to avoid penalties for non-compliance with the STA Licensing By-law.

As a resident, if you are interested in operating a bed and breakfast, you must first confirm that you can satisfy all the applicable conditions in the Zoning By-law No. 2010-040. Additionally, you must ensure you meet the STA Licensing By-law No. 2023-085 requirements to successfully obtain and maintain a Class A Licence.
While Phase 1 is in effect, please note that the current prohibition on STAs (except for bed and breakfasts) continues to apply. Please ensure you adhere to the Zoning By-law and other applicable Town by-laws to avoid facing penalties.

The implementation of Phase 2 (The full Licensing Program) is contingent on the approval of the new Official Plan and a Zoning By-law Amendment. While most requirements for STAs are set out in the Licensing By-law, changes to these planning instruments are necessary to recognize STAs as a permitted use and to align the provisions with the Licensing Program. Following the approval of these planning policies, staff intend to report back to Council with progress on Phase 1, an updated STA Licensing By-law and a detailed implementation strategy for Phase 2.

To review the background reports, applicable by-laws, and other important information regarding the STA Licensing Program, please visit our dedicated STA webpage: www.collingwood.ca/stalicensing.

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