Online Sessions Open on New Licensing Program for Short-Term Rentals

Published on: 2021/05/06 - in News

Residents planning to operate a short-term rental in Kingston are invited to join an online session to learn about the City’s new Short-term Rental Licensing Program.

Online sessions run by staff will take place twice a week from May 12 to May 27 to offer an overview of the application process & licence requirements and answer your questions.

“Staff are excited to be working with residents on the introduction of this new licensing program,” said Dan Hazell, Supervisor of Licensing and Enforcement. “These workshops will review the licensing process and operator guidelines, and we’re committed to working with current and prospective operators to ensure that everyone understands this new program.”

Residents interested in participating in a session – each starting with a 30-minute presentation followed by a Q&A with staff – can register for one online through Zoom:

“The Short-term Rental Licensing Bylaw to license and regulate short-term rental properties is intended to provide a safe and healthy variety of accommodation options to support Kingston’s tourism industry and allow residents to use their properties to earn additional income,” states a City release. “It will help protect the community’s existing inventory of long-term rental housing and will aid in responding to associated health, safety and nuisance concerns.”

The Short-term Rental Licensing Bylaw will take effect on June 1 and all operators will be required to license their short-term rental. Staff will also introduce a voluntary compliance period of six months starting on June 1, to transition current operators to the new licensing program.

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