Short-term Accommodations: New Class A Licences for Bed and Breakfasts Launches February 1

Beginning February 1, the Town of Collingwood will launch Phase 1 of the new Short-Term Accommodation (STA) Licensing Program.  This initiative marks a major step forward in regulating STAs in the community and addressing concerns about their impact on neighbourhoods.

‘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.

On November 6, 2023, Council approved a phased implementation of the Short-Term Accommodation Licensing Program and the Short-Term Accommodation Licensing By-law No. 2023-085 through Staff Report #C2023-24.

Phase 1 leverages existing provisions in the Official Plan and Zoning By-law No. 2010-040 and introduces a licensing requirement for bed and breakfasts in Town. All bed and breakfast establishments will be required to apply for a “Class A – Guest Room Short-Term Accommodation” Licence as of February 1, 2024.

Council also directed staff to proceed with a Town initiated Zoning By-law Amendment to support the introduction of other potential types of short-term accommodation licences (e.g., rental of an entire dwelling unit).

Following the approval of a Zoning By-law Amendment, staff will report back to Council with an update on Phase 1 implementation, any necessary revisions to the Licensing By-law for Phase 2 and a plan for rolling out Phase 2 of the Licensing Program. Pending Council approval, the Town may permit other types of short-term accommodation licences.

As set out in the Town’s Zoning By-law No. 2010-040, bed and breakfasts are the only type of short-term accommodation permitted (per subsection 4.22.2). Bed and breakfast is defined as “a type of home occupation engaged in providing short-term accommodation” (Zoning By-law No. 2010-040).

Phase 1 introduces “Class A – Guest Room Short-Term Accommodation” Licences, which establishes a licensing requirement for bed and breakfasts to operate in Town. All other short-term accommodations remain prohibited in Town. As noted above, the introduction of other proposed licence classes is subject to the approval of Council and will be considered at a future meeting following the approval of the necessary Zoning By-law Amendment to allow for other types of short-term accommodations.

If you are interested in obtaining a Class A Licence, please review the relevant provisions under the Town’s Zoning By-law No. 2010-040, as well as the Short-Term Accommodation Licensing By-law No. 2023-085, to confirm eligibility for a licence.
  

Key Information for Class A Licensees

  • Eligibility and Requirements: Class A Licences are intended for residents who operate or are interested in operating a bed and breakfast in Town. Applicants must comply with specific licensing requirements in the Short-Term Accommodation Licensing By-law No. 2023-085 and bed and breakfast provisions in the Zoning By-law No. 2010-040.
  • Application Process: Prospective Class A Licensees can access the application package, submission details and a step-by-step process on our website at www.collingwood.ca/sta. Paper copies are available at Town Hall (97 Hurontario Street, open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
  • Licensing Fees: For the first year of the Program, Class A Licensees will not be required to pay the $1,250.00 licensing fee. However, applicants will still be responsible for paying $253.50 to cover the cost of a zoning certificate, fire inspection and property standards inspection compliance letter, which are set out in the 2024 Fees and Service Charges By-law and required prior to licensing. 
  • Enforcement and Compliance: The Town is committed to working with bed and breakfast operators as we launch the new Licensing Program. Please ensure that the Town has received your licence application by March 1, 2024, to avoid facing penalties under the Licensing By-law.

For more information about the STA Licensing Program, Phase 1 implementation or the application process, please contact Amanda Fone, Licensing and Compliance Officer, at 705-445-1030 ext. 3249 or afone@collingwood.ca.

Additional resources and program details are available on the Town of Collingwood website at www.collingwood.ca/sta.

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