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Short Term Vacation Rentals

Background
Nightly, weekend, and weekly short term vacation rental (STR) accommodations on residential properties are increasing. Within the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) STR's are primarily concentrated within Sproat Lake, Bamfield and Long Beach Electoral Areas and mainly located on properties not zoned for rental accommodation.

Regional District staff are increasingly receiving more complaints regarding the STR of properties inconsistent with residential zoning for single family dwellings. Some complaints include the properties being overcrowded, noisy, issues with vehicle and boat parking, public intoxication, traffic and inadequately designed sewage disposal systems.
Public Consultation
In September and October 2017, the ACRD undertook a series of public consultation initiatives to explore stakeholder input and insights on the local issues related to STRs, learn from other communities' experiences, and determine how to move forward in managing these types of rentals in the ACRD. Public consultation initiatives included a series of open houses (review the open house boards here), display boards at the ACRD office, and an online comment form to gain input on the following policy options for STRs:
  • Permit STRs by rezoning the property
  • Permit STRs with a Temporary Use Permit (TUP)
  • Continue to not permit STRs and enhance enforcement
During the public consultation period, the ACRD had approximately 250 interactions through in person conversations, online comment forms and paper comment sheets, emails and phone calls. These interactions enabled ACRD staff to hear resident and property owner input on STRs. Responses from the open houses and online comment forms included 91 respondents (64%) indicating they prefer the ACRD permit STRs with a TUP, followed by 36 (25%) prefer the ACRD continue to not permit STRs and enhance enforcement, and 15 (11%) prefer permitting STRs by rezoning the property.

The Short Term Vacation Rentals Consultation Summary and Recommendations Report outlined the public consultation and research undertaken, and was considered by the ACRD Board of Directors on November 22, 2017. At the meeting, the Board of Directors directed staff to:
  • Prepare a policy document for consideration by the Board requiring that STR applications are first considered by Temporary Use Permit (TUP);
  • Draft an amendment to the Development Procedures Bylaw to increase the application fee for a STR Temporary Use Permit from $300 to $600; and
  • Include a potential increase to bylaw enforcement resources to the 2018 budget discussions.
Next Steps
As directed by the ACRD Board, staff have prepared a STR TUP Policy, and an amendment to the Development Procedures and Fees Bylaw to increase the fee for a STR TUP. The policy and bylaw amendment are being considered by the ACRD Board of Directors at the December 13, 2017 Board meeting (STR memo to Board December 13, 2017).

Contact Us
For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact us:

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
Planning and Development
250-720-2700
planning@acrd.bc.ca