Current STA Owners and Operators

The success of internet-based short-term accommodation rental services has opened opportunities for home owners to promote vacation stays on their premises. In combination with a constrained supply of roofed accommodations in The County, short-term accommodation rentals are increasingly popular.

Below you will find more information about the new short-term accommodation regulations and how they might impact your operation.

Legal Status

Short-term accommodations that existed before October 9, 2018, including those with five or more bedrooms, are considered legal non-conforming. Under this “grandfathering” provision, Official Plan and Comprehensive Zoning By-law amendments generally apply to new STAs only.


County Council will consider accompanying licensing and property standards by-laws for STAs early in 2019. Operators should note that even grandfathered STAs will have to comply with the operational requirements in those by-laws.

Rooms and Occupancy

• STAs cannot contain more than four guest rooms with a total maximum occupancy of eight people.
• With bed and breakfast establishments or other owner-occupied (primary residence) STAs, the maximum occupancy is 10 people.
• Children under 10 years of age do not count towards the maximum occupancy.
• STAs with five or more guest rooms may be permitted in designated settlement areas or in the Shore Land Designation with a site-specific zoning by-law amendment.

Note: The above regulations apply only to new STAs (those created after October 9, 2018).


• STA owners/operators must provide one additional off-street parking space per guest room or 0.5 spaces per guest, whichever is greater, in addition to the required spaces for the dwelling.
• Parking spaces must be off-street and on the same lot as the STA.
• A single vehicle can be parked on the street except during the winter season. An owner/operator can count the on-street parking space toward the number of parking spaces he/she is required to provide.

Landscape Buffering

• Landscape buffering is required if the STA abuts a residential zone and is within 15 metres of a single-detached dwelling unit.
• Buffering must be a privacy fence or solid landscaped screen five feet in height and erected or installed along the rear and interior side yard.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

If you require more information or have specific questions regarding your property or situation, contact Paul Walsh, Manager of Planning, at 613.476.2148 ext. 2025 or email