New bylaws to allow and regulate short-term rentals in Kelowna were adopted by Council on Monday, April 8. With the new bylaw in effect, operators can apply for a business licence starting Tuesday, April 23. Operators are encouraged to obtain a business licence by July 1.
Under the new rules, a homeowner or primary resident can legally rent their principal residence for periods of 29 days or less. Select tourist areas will continue to allow short-term rentals outside of an operator’s principal residence. Anyone operating a short-term rental must apply for and be issued a business licence. Council will consider a separate bylaw regulating short-term rentals in secondary suites and carriage houses later this spring.
Get a short-term rental business licence
If you intend to operate a short-term rental accommodation, you must hold a valid a business licence and display your licence number in any listings advertising your rental. The licence and fee is renewed and paid annually.
- Check the eligibility requirements, below.
- Complete a Business Licence Application Form and supporting documents, including a Self-evaluation Fire & Safety Form, Good Neighbour Agreement Form, Parking Plan, principal residence status documentation (if applicable), ownership verification documentation OR Owner Consent Form, and Strata Consent Form (if applicable).
- Starting April 23, apply for a business licence by email ([email protected]) or in person at City Hall. Staff will then follow up with you with payment instructions.
- Receive approval and follow the rules and regulations.
Short-term rental operator’s guidebookFind out everything you need to know about applying to operate a short-term rental within the new rules and regulations.