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Learn about the City’s proposed Residential Licensing Program

Please join us at the administrative policies committee meeting tomorrow, Nov. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers to hear proposed recommendations for a City-wide Residential Licensing Program. See the report being presented here.

The City has considered adopting a residential rental licensing program many times over the past 15 years and, in July of this year, staff began consultation on a draft framework to address illegal, unsafe and substandard rental units in the City. Since then, staff have been receiving input and working on a proposed program. This program will allow City staff to proactively address tenant concerns related to housing quality and the welfare of residents in a fair and transparent manner.

The proposed Residential Rental Licensing Program was presented to the administrative policies committee on Aug. 9 for input from the committee and residents. Our team listened and recorded a number of comments – many of which were new, and others reflected comments received through earlier consultations. We have spent the last few months reviewing feedback and survey data while putting together a recommendation for council’s consideration.

Based on consultation with the community and stakeholder groups, this draft framework focuses on requiring residential licenses for properties containing 1-3 residential units, 4 unit properties without a site plan agreement in place, short-term rentals and boarding, rooming and lodging houses and recommends that a working group be established for a period of 12 months in advance of making final recommendations about the implementation of the residential licensing program. The proposed working group will focus their efforts and input on helping staff to develop the details of the implementation strategy including looking at incentive programs and other supports to assist property owners.

Council will receive the recommendation report from staff and make a decision on this matter at their Nov. 20 meeting.

Thank you to everyone who has provided ideas and input around the proposed Residential Rental Licensing Program.

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Paige Agnew
Paige Agnew
Director of planning, building and licensing services
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