COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update
August 11, 2020: We continue to monitor short-term rental activity and the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. The public health team at Vancouver Coastal Health External website, opens in new tab leads on all COVID-19 surveillance.
All short-term rental operators must ensure they adhere to the Provincial Health Order External website, opens in new tab for vacation rentals.
Our short-term rental regulations help protect long-term rental housing and allow residents to earn additional income.
A short-term rental can:
- Be an entire home, or a room within that home, that is rented for less than 30 consecutive days at a time
- Only be operated from your principal residence – the home where you live, as an owner or tenant, and use for bills, identification, taxes, and insurance
Are our regulations working?
Read our annual highlights report PDF file (1.4 MB)
Get or renew a short-term rental business licence
Your strata by-laws or landlord must permit the use of short-term rentals in your home before you apply for a licence.
Related business licences:
What's happeningJoin our Short-term Rentals Community Working Group
We are seeking a broad variety of voices to help provide both insights on community impacts and input to evolve our short-term rental program. Membership is open to all Vancouver residents.
Applications close: Midnight, October 31.
All short-term rental operators in Vancouver must have a business licence and include their licence number in all online listings and advertising, or they may be subject to fines up to $1,000 per offence. Review what we've been doing since short-term regulations were introduced
About short-term rentals in Vancouver
City staff have opened 5,466 case files (1,351 in 2020), closed 4,618 cases (1,962 in 2020), and pursued the following enforcement actions against suspected unauthorized short-term rental units:
*Source: Host Compliance
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