Kelowna Short-Term Rental Operators Are Out of Luck!

The province has announced that there will be no exemption for Kelowna short-term rental operators. Any city request for exemptions for certain building/development sites will not be considered. The province has reasoned that granting said exemption would not meet the intent of the legislation. This means that the pending development known as “Aqua” and other developments along Sunset Drive can not operate STR’s.

The provincial legislation does provide for exemptions in the particular circumstances listed below:

  • Strata titled hotel or motel if the owner may not use the property as a principal residence due to mandatory provisions in a rental pool or rental management agreement.
  • Properties where owners hold a fractional interest and cannot use the property as their principal residence due to mandatory provisions in a fractional ownership agreement.
  • Time share properties.
  • Home exchanges.
  • Lodges, i.e., accommodation
  • Living accommodation primarily for students or employees of an educational institution that is owned or operated by the educational institution or a non-profit organization.
  • Strata corporation guest suites intended mainly for people visiting strata residents.

Council approved the removal of secondary use short-term rental accommodation as a permitted use from all zones in the City’s Bylaw. Secondary use short-term rental business licences are no longer accepted. Further changes to short-term rentals will come in to effect on May 1, 2024.

Learn more by visiting these links:

Short-term rentals | City of Kelowna


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