Short-term rentals

We're reviewing the rules on rentals

In recent years there has been rapid growth in online platforms like Airbnb that allow people to rent their rooms or suites out on a nightly basis, often to tourists. Recent analysis found more than 5,000 active short-term rental listings in Vancouver.

Read an overview of Vancouver's short-term rental market PDF file (830 KB)

Council has asked staff to review the City’s short-term rental regulations in 2016. We're working to better understand the economic benefits of short-term rentals, as well as the potential impact of short-term tourist rentals on the supply and price of long-term rental housing for Vancouver residents.

Read Council’s motion on short-term rentals PDF file (90 KB)

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Rules for short-term rentals

Current rules

Zoning regulations don't allow short-term rentals. Renting your property for fewer than 30 days is only allowed in a licensed bed and breakfast. 

Proposed rules

Owners and renters would be allowed to rent part or all of their principal residence on a nightly basis, if they have a business licence. To get a short-term rental business licence you would need to prove it is your principal residence by submitting your property title or a tenancy agreement along with photo ID and recent government or utility mail. The City will audit licence applications to prevent fraud.

Licensed operators would need to post their licence number in all online advertising. People operating rentals without a business licence will face fines and legal action.

Get more details in the Council report "Regulating Short-term Rentals in Vancouver" PDF file (1.7 MB)

Report concerns

Do you have a concern about a suspected short-term rental unit? Call 3-1-1 to discuss it with us.

For isses with Airbnb listings, you can contact Airbnb directly.

Short-term rentals: the proposed rules

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Short-term rentals: the numbers

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