In November 2021, Council adopted the Short-term Rental (STR) Bylaw that will ensure safety and responsibility in the tourist rental market. The bylaw establishes clear policies to regulate short-term rentals throughout Kimberley that will enhance the visitor experience and improve our important tourist economy. The main goals of the bylaw are to:
- ensure building and occupant safety;
- reduce impacts to housing availability and affordability;
- reduce STR's impact on neighborhood character;
- reduce noise, parking and traffic problems and eliminate party houses;
- improve responsiveness to neighbor complaints;
- support compliant accommodation providers; and
- eliminate non-compliant unsafe or unauthorized accommodation providers.
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What are short-term rentals?
Generally, short-term rentals occur in buildings and units that were originally purpose-built as long-term residential units and are distinguished from commercial enterprises such as hotels or motels. Short-term rentals often occur in single or two family homes, town homes, or apartment units.
Short-term rentals in Kimberley provide needed tourism accommodation in our community. The City of Kimberley currently allows short-term rentals in several of its neighbourhoods, most of which are located in the area surrounding the alpine resort. Most of these neighbourhoods allow for the short-term rental of entire homes and individual suites, but some neighbourhoods are limited to individual bedrooms within a home.
The City of Kimberley now requires operators of short-term rentals to hold licences for each short-term rental unit they operate to ensure that units are safe and operators are responsive to any concerns that may arise.
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- Short-term rental unit operators must hold a valid licence, which is valid for the calendar year and must be renewed each year
- Operators must own the property of which they are applying to licence a short-term rental.
- Bed and breakfast operators must live in the unit as their primary residence
- Proof of primary residence will be required
- Bed and breakfast owner/operators must be the responsible person for their short-term rental
- Owners must be present any time the short-term rental is operated
- Tourist Accommodation operators may identify themselves as the responsible person, otherwise they must appoint a responsible person
- If an operator’s property is within a strata, proof of strata authorization will be required
- A maximum occupancy of 12 guests is allowable, subject to a review of proposed floor plan/sleeping arrangements by City staff
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How to Apply - Short-Term Rental Guide and Required Forms
1. The Short-term Rental Bylaw includes:
- Licence requirements
- Application requirements
- Marketing requirements
- Responsible Person requirements
- Licence Conditions
- Enforcement Penalties
2. The Short-term Rental Guidebook contains all of the information you need to ensure compliance with the new STR Bylaw.
Submit completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or in-person at City Hall - 340 Spokane Street.
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Short-Term Rental Unit Licence Fees
Short-term rental unit licence: $300 per year* - Quarterly pro-rating for first year of operation only. Licences issued in 2021 will be valid for 2022 as well, but not eligible for pro-rating.
Designation of responsible person (other than owner): $50
Short-term rental manager licence: $75 per year*
*Licences are issues on a calendar year basis (January 1st - December 31st) and must be renewed each year prior to January 1st