With the overall goal of ensuring safe and legal housing and short-term accommodations for residents and visitors alike, City staff presented the administrative policies committee with a proposal for a city-wide framework to regulate residential rental units and short-term rentals via licensing yesterday evening. Additional information on this proposal can be found here.
After extensive discussion, the committee approved a motion to defer approving the entire residential licensing program until current secondary plans and zoning reports now under development can be completed. However, the committee did approve the elements of the report pertaining to short-term rentals to go to council. Council will receive clauses 1, 2, 3, and 6a of the recommendation report and will make a decision on this matter at their Nov. 20 meeting.
The emergence of short-term rentals in private dwellings, notably through Airbnb, means there are now an estimated1,000 short-term rentals located on 333 properties across Kingston. This program will allow City staff to proactively address and ensure the quality of short-term rental properties in a fair and transparent manner while aligning tourism accommodations across the industry.
The proposed framework recommends the implementation of a licensing program for short-term rentals with a draft short-term rental licensing bylaw to be presented for council’s consideration and implementation in 2019. Should this be approved, changes would be made to the Municipal Accommodation Tax program and bylaw to include short-term rentals.
Thank you to everyone who has provided input throughout this process.
The report presented at the Nov. 7 administrative policies committee meeting can be viewed here.
Relevant background reports can be found below: