The City of Kimberley is currently reviewing its policies surrounding short-term rentals. Short-term rentals are rooms, suites or entire homes of residential properties that are rented out on a temporary basis, most typically for vacation purposes, often booked through services such as Airbnb or VRBO. They are different than motels or hotels in that they are not typically purpose-built to be rented out on a daily or weekly basis, or have amenities such as cooking facilities, a front desk or on-site management.


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Short-Term Rental Bylaw

During the first half of 2021, City staff undertook a public engagement process and best practice review of short-term rentals. These processes have provided the basis to draft the City of Kimberley Short-Term Rental Bylaw, No. 2697, 2021, which received a first and second reading by Council on August 16, 2021. For more information on the regulations, survey and best practice review, please review the Short-Term Rental Presentation or see the Council Report

To provide comments on the contents of the proposed bylaw, please submit them in writing by September 20th, 2021 to jcook@kimberley.caor deliver/mail written comments to City Hall at:

City of Kimberley, 340 Spokane Street, Kimberley, BC, V1A 2E8

The bylaw includes regulations that will guide where and how short-term rentals can operate in Kimberley. Highlights of the proposed regulations include:

Using existing uses permitted by zoning

  • Tourist Accommodation to allow for entire dwelling rentals
  • Bed and Breakfast to allow for bedroom rentals in certain owner occupied dwellings

Annual Licencing

  • Short-Term Rental Units
    • Licences only issued to property owners
    • $300 per Short-Term Rental Unit fee (licence required for every Short-Term Rental Unit)
  • Short-Term Rental Managers
    • $75 for Manager licence + $50 per managed Short-Term Rental Unit

Responsible Person Requirements

  • Must be owner if owner occupied
  • Must be licenced Short-Term Rental Manager if not owner
  • Must be available 24/7 and within 2 hours for response to issues with Short-Term Rental Units

Other Considerations

  • Frontage sign with Responsible Person contact information
  • Self safety inspection and Fire, Building or other City Department inspection as needed
  • Fines imposed for non-compliant operators with possibility of licence suspension and revocation

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Short-Term Rental Regulation Implementation Timeline