Short Term Rentals
On NOVEMBER 2, 2021 Welland City Council decided to approve a City Wide Zoning By-law Amendment to permit Short Term Rental accommodations in the City.
A Short Term Rental Licensing By-law and Administrative Penalty System (APS) was passed in conjunction with the Zoning.
The By-law Enforcement Division will be responsible for enforcing the regulations contained within the Short Term Rental Licensing By-law. The Licensing By-law will be enforced through two mechanisms: Administrative Penalty System (APS) and a demerit point system. As well, an Officer will have the ability to suspend or revoke a licence. Licensing will ensure all Short Term Rentals within the City of Welland are operating in accordance with applicable law.
Short Term Rental Zoning
In the City’s Zoning By-law 2017-117, a Short Term Rental is defined as a dwelling unit that is rented for a period of 28 consecutive days or less but does not include a bed and breakfast, hotel/motel, or boarding or lodging house.
Zoning permits short term rental accommodations as a secondary use in residential, agricultural, and institutional zones where residential uses are permitted; and, permits Short Term Rentals as the principal use of dwellings in commercial zones that allow residential uses, such as: the Downtown Mixed Use Centre Zone (DMC), Community Commercial Node Zone (CC1), Community Commercial Corridor Zone (CC2), and Neighbourhood Commercial Zone (NC). Short Term Rentals are permitted in single-detached, two-unit, townhouse, multiple, apartment, and accessory dwelling units.
Further Zoning provisions include that a Short Term Rental:
- Not contain more than three guest bedrooms;
- Be subject to licencing in accordance with the City’s Short Term Rentals Licencing By-law;
- May be the principal use of an accessory dwelling unit in Residential, Institutional, Open Space, and Agricultural Zones where Residential uses are permitted, but only if the operator is residing on the premises;
- Not display external advertising on the site; and
- Require 0.5 additional parking space per guest room (May be a tandem parking space).
Short Term Rental Licensing FAQ
What is a Short Term Rental?
A dwelling unit that is rented for a period of 28 consecutive days or less but does not include a bed and breakfast, hotel/motel, or boarding or lodging house.
Where in Welland are Short Term Rentals allowed?
Short Term Rentals are permitted in single-detached dwelling, two-unit dwelling, townhouse, multiple dwelling, apartment and accessory dwelling units. For further clarification, please contact the City of Welland Planning Department.
What is a Principal Use?
Means the primary purpose for which a lot, building or structure is used, or is intended to be used.
Can a Short Term Rental be the Principal Use of a dwelling?
Yes, a Short Term Rental may be the principal use in Commercial Zones where residential uses are permitted such as the Downtown Mixed Use Centre Zone (DMC), Community Commercial Node Zone (CC1), Community Commercial Corridor Zone (CC2), and Neighbourhood Commercial Zone (NC).
A Short Term Rental may also be the principal use of an accessory dwelling unit in Residential, Institutional, Open Space, and Agricultural Zones where Residential uses are permitted, but only if the operator is residing on the premises.
Are Short Term Rental operators required to register annually?
Yes, Licences must be renewed every year. Each License shall be in effect from the date of issue, as shown on the Licence for the whole of the calendar year to which it applies, expiring on December 31 st of said calendar year.
Can I report an unlicensed short term rental in my neighbourhood?
Yes you can. Please contact our By-law Clerk at 905-735-1700 extension 2224; Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. An Officer will be assigned to investigate your concern.
Who can apply for a Short Term Rental Licence?
Only the owner of the property can apply for a Short Term Rental Licence.
How do I know if a Short Term Rental has a licence?
The Licensee shall include the Licence number in any advertisement or promotion related to the renting out of the Property intended to be used as a Short Term Rental. Also, when the premise is occupied for the purposes of a Short Term Rental, a legible copy of the Licence shall be posted in a conspicuous location within one (1) meter of the interior of the Short Term Rental's primary entrance.
How do I report an issue or concern?
905-735-1700 extension 2224, Monday to Friday; 8:30am to 4:30pm
905-735-1700 extension 3000, Saturday & Sunday; 9am to 1am
905-735-1700 extension 3000, Friday, Monday & Tuesday; 5pm to 1am
Email is not monitored afterhours
Planning - 905-735-1700, Ext 2251 or 2257
By-law Enforcement - 905-735-1700, Ext 2224