A summary of the new RGA regulations has been developed to help the community understand the new bylaws. Any property owner who would like to provide a dwelling unit as a Residential Guest Accommodation should read the summary document below in order to understand the new regulations and determine whether your dwelling unit will require a business licence (Stream 1) or a business licence and a Temporary Use Permit (Stream 2). Staff from the Planning & Development department are also available to help you understand the new regulations.
Which Operating Stream Applies to Me?
The new bylaws create two “streams” of permittable RGA.
Stream 1 is for dwelling units that have a principal resident. Stream 1 allows you to rent your entire principal residence for a maximum of 3 consecutive months in a calendar year OR to rent up to two bedrooms within your principal residence year-round (i.e. the traditional Bed & Breakfast model.) You must be present during this second type of guest stay.
Business licence applications for Stream 1 RGAs will be accepted anytime.
Stream 2 is for dwelling units where no one permanently resides. Examples include a house or apartment, a secondary suite attached to your principal residence, or a garden suite located on your property. Permission to operate within Stream 2 will be granted to a limited number of units under a Temporary Use Permit (TUP), with the category phased out entirely in two to five years. TUPs will be valid for 2 years, and may be renewed once for a period of 1-3 years, based on Council review. Preference will be given to dwelling units in or near the Harbour area and Lower Gibsons.
Business licence applications and Temporary Use Permit applications for Stream 2 RGAs will be accepted until September 30, 2022.
Applying for a Business Licence to Operate an RGA – Stream 1 and Stream 2
Both Stream 1 and Stream 2 RGA operators require a business license.
Three types of annual business licences will be available for RGA:
- Stream 1 – A: Principal Residence RGA (Entire Unit) – limited to three (3) consecutive calendar months in a calendar year
- Stream 1 – B: Principal Residence RGA (Partial Unit) – permitted year-round but limited to no more than 2 bedrooms
- Stream 2 – A: Non-Principal Residence RGA – permitted in association with a limited number of Temporary Use Permits
Operators will require a separate business licence for each subtype of RGA they wish to operate.
For Stream 1 (i.e. principal residence) applicants, there will be a one-time application fee of $400, plus an annual business licence fee of $200.
For Stream 2 (i.e. non-principal residence) applicants, there will be a one-time application fee of $1500 for the Temporary Use Permit, plus an annual business licence fee of $2,000. (The business licence fee only becomes payable once the TUP has been granted.)
Gibsons bylaw staff will perform a site visit before granting a business licence for every RGA, in order to verify the submitted information and to answer any questions
Applying for a Temporary Use Permit to Operate an RGA – Stream 2
Only Stream 2 RGA operators require a Temporary Use Permit.
As noted above, there is a non-refundable $1500 fee to submit an application for a Temporary Use Permit.
TUPs are valid for 2 years, and may be renewed once for a period of 1-3 years, based on Council review. TUPs are granted once they are approved by Council.
Stream 2 RGA applicants should submit their Temporary Use Permit application and business licence application before September 30, 2022. This will give Town staff and Council enough time to review each application and determine whether or not to grant a Temporary Use Permit. Approved TUPs will be issued before the end of 2022, with enforcement of the new bylaws beginning on January 1, 2023.
Other RGA-related Forms
Residential Guest Accommodation Guest Safety Attestation 2022 – Fillable
Residential Guest Accommodation Owner-Landlord Consent Form 2022 – Fillable
Residential Guest Accommodation Parking Plan 2022 – Fillable
Residential Guest Accommodation Strata Consent Form 2022 – Fillable