Short-term rentals (STRs) are widely defined as the rental of a dwelling (house, town house, condominium, apartment, and secondary suites) for less than 30 days. These are typically advertised through online venues such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway.com, Flipkey.com and others.
To operate a short-term rental in the Town of Gibsons, operators are required to obtain an annual business license, at a fee of $100 per year.
Proposed Regulations for Short-Term Rentals
At present, the Town does not regulate short-term rentals, beyond Bed and Breakfast (B&B) and tourist accommodation use. However, we believe that added clarity around the regulation of these businesses would benefit both residents and operators. As a result, the Town is currently considering regulations that aim to:
- Respond to the needs of homeowners who wish to have added revenue;
- Provide tourists with accommodation options for staying in and visiting Gibsons;
- Keep the scale of businesses appropriate to residential neighbourhoods; and
- Retain the long-term rental supply in Gibsons.
Regulations being considered include:
- Limiting the number of short-term rental units on a residential property;
- Limiting the number of guest rooms permitted in one dwelling;
- Limiting short-term rentals to the principal residence, not secondary suites or guest cottages;
- Requirement to provide local contact information to neighbours within 100m radius of a short-term rental property when owner is not residing on the property; and
- Requirement to provide a deposit of $1000 as a security against the costs incurred by the Town as a result of enforcement actions.
For answers to your most Frequently Asked Questions about the proposed STR regulations, please review this Fact Sheet.
For a summary of the differences between STRs and B&Bs under the proposed regulations, please click here.
In July 2019, the Town Planning & Development Committee first considered regulations for short-term rentals. To read the related background report, follow this link.
Thank you to all who took the time to share their insights and provide the Town with feedback on the short-term rental regulations under consideration. Public input was collected from October 11 to November 1, 2019 and consisted of the following methods:
- online survey: accessed from the Town website – 70 surveys submitted
- small group discussions: 2-hour meetings held October 22nd and 23rd. A total of 23 participants provided insights and heard other participant’s perspectives in these meetings.
- open house hosted October 22nd from 6:30pm to 8pm – 3 people attended
- Residents and short-term rental operators were also invited to submit letters, emails and other forms of input that best suited them. Three followup emails/letters were submitted as of November 5th.
On December 3, 2019, a Staff Report and the Consultant’s report were presented to Council. Read the reports here.
Subsequently, Council passed the following resolution: R2019-385 – That staff refine and revise bylaws, to implement short-term rental accommodation regulations and licensing using hosted short-term rental regulations; And that un-hosted short-term rental accommodation regulations and licensing be deferred until after completion of the Sunshine Coast Housing Needs Assessment.