Short-Term Rentals

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts on short-term rentals as part of our 2019 Resident Survey!

Please continue to visit this page for updates. A summary of 2019 resident survey responses can be found in Attachment B of the August 25, 2020 staff report.


Background

On May 16, 2019, the Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) standing committee of Regional Council made a motion that requested a staff report to consider the creation of By-laws designed to regulate, and address concerns related to STRs in residential areas by:

  1. Doing a jurisdictional scan to understand how other municipalities have regulated the

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on short-term rentals as part of our 2019 Resident Survey!

Please continue to visit this page for updates. A summary of 2019 resident survey responses can be found in Attachment B of the August 25, 2020 staff report.


Background

On May 16, 2019, the Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) standing committee of Regional Council made a motion that requested a staff report to consider the creation of By-laws designed to regulate, and address concerns related to STRs in residential areas by:

  1. Doing a jurisdictional scan to understand how other municipalities have regulated the STR industry, including exploring models such as the tiered fees/registration and “density" limits models in U.S jurisdictions;
  2. Creating a resident survey to understand the impacts of STRs;
  3. Engaging the STR industry to understand any impacts regulations may have on them, and work with the Province of Nova Scotia to discuss the Assessment Act and impacts this will have on STRs.

As a result of this motion, staff completed a jurisdictional scan, engaged with other municipalities and STR experts to understand the range and impact of STR regulations. Staff also engaged the public, industry and province through an online survey and several stakeholder meetings. As a result of this work, staff prepared a report for Council which was presented on September 30, 2020, that summarized staff’s findings as well as recommended the direction for STR regulations.

On September 30, 2020, Regional Council made a motion to establish By-laws designed to regulate and address concerns related to STRs in residential areas. These will be established by:

1. Amending the Regional Plan and all applicable secondary municipality planning strategies and land use by-laws to establish consistent regional wide policies, definitions and regulations for short-term rentals in residential areas

2. Developing short-term rental registration requirements

Staff are currently preparing a public survey to seek public feedback on the proposed direction for STR regulations. Please continue to visit this page for updates.

If you would like to speak to someone at the municipality about this topic, please contact Jill MacLellan maclelj@halifax.ca or 902-717-3167 to set up a meeting.


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