The new regulations were approved by Council on December 5th, 2016 and came into effect on January 1st, 2017. More information on the development of the current regulations can be found here. The regulations include:
- Three types of STR licences – guest homes, guest rooms, and guest suites (secondary or detached secondary suites)
- Three lengths of STR licences – annual, summer (May 1st to August 31st), and 31 consecutive days
- There is a cap of 110 annual licences and 40 summer licences;
- there is no cap on 31-day licences, however there can only be one per property per year
- Maximum of three licences per block – no cap on 31-day licences
- The property must be the applicant’s principal residence, except in the case of summer-only licences. This is to accommodate those renting to students where the students leave for the summer, and it allows them to do short-term rentals for the summer months.
- Each property can have up to one annual licence and another licence of less than 6 months (summer or 31-day licence)
- All annual licence holders must have a Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism membership
- Parking requirements must be met (see application form for details)
- All licences require a $500 deposit, except for the grandfathered licences (of which there are 7)
- Short-term rental licences are non-transferable
- All licences require a building and fire inspection every three years
- Maximum of 2 adult guests per guest room, 4 per guest suite, and 6 per guest house
- Each property must have a contact person who can respond within 15 minutes to phone calls and lives within 30 km of the property
- STR operators need to apply by December 15th each year to ensure that they maintain their spot in the queue for the next year. After December 15th, applicants will be subject to the caps – 110 annual licences and 40 summer-only licences.