11 Oct

Short-term accommodation regulations approved

Picton, ON – The County of Prince Edward has adopted regulations guiding the location and operation of short-term accommodations (STAs) within the municipality.

“With these regulations, we aim to strike a balance between the interests of our communities and neighbourhoods, housing affordability, and economic growth,” says Robert Quaiff, Mayor, County of Prince Edward. “As we move forward with implementation, we will review the regulations regularly and make any necessary updates to ensure we achieve this goal.”

The regulations include amendments to the Official Plan and the Comprehensive Zoning By-law. In addition, staff will bring forward during the first quarter of 2019 a licensing by-law to address operating standards, licence transferability, administration, enforcement, and fines.

The regulations approved by Council on Oct. 9 mark the culmination of more than a year of research and public consultation. That activity included several public meetings, surveys, agency interviews, discussion papers, and a review of best practices across different jurisdictions. Documents related to this work can be found on the municipal project webpage.

“Public comments and background research reinforced Council’s concerns regarding the adverse impact STAs are having in areas such as availability and affordability of housing. The regulatory framework gives the municipality a tool to slow those impacts while also ensuring STAs can continue to contribute to our local economy,” Mayor Quaiff says. “I want to thank everyone who participated in the consultation process and helped contribute to a regulatory framework that fits our unique situation in Prince Edward County.”

The Official Plan amendment and Comprehensive Zoning By-law amendment are posted on the County of Prince Edward website. If you have questions or require further information or clarification, contact Paul Walsh, Manager of Planning, at 613.476.2148 ext. 2025 or email pwalsh@pecounty.on.ca.

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For media inquiries, please contact Mark Kerr, Media and Communications Coordinator, at 613.476.2148 ext. 1009 or by email at mkerr@pecounty.on.ca.


Short-term Accommodation Regulatory Framework Backgrounder


• Pre-existing STAs are considered legal non-conforming.
• Under this grandfathering provision, Official Plan and Comprehensive Zoning By-law amendments generally apply to new STAs only.
• Pre-existing STAs will still be subject to most aspects of licensing and property standards by-laws.


• Short-term accommodation is defined as a dwelling or dwelling unit, or any portion of it, that is rented with the intention of financial compensation for any portion of a period of less than 30 days and includes a ‘bed and breakfast establishment,’ but does not include a motel, hotel, hospital, or other short-term accommodation where there is no financial consideration or payment exchanged.”

• Recognized forms of STAs include:

Bed and breakfast establishments
Owner-occupied partial dwelling or dwelling unit rentals (i.e. a principal residence)
Entire-dwelling or dwelling unit rental (i.e. not a principal residence)
On-farm tourist homes


• The total number of STAs shall be limited to a maximum density of 15% of existing dwelling units:

As measured within a 120 metre radius in settlement areas on full services;
In the Hamlet/Residential Zone, a 220-metre radius;
In other zones/areas, a 500-metre radius.
Maximum densities do not apply to STAs that are also used as principal residences. (e.g. bed and breakfasts)


• In Rural or Prime Agricultural designations, STAs are only permitted on:

Lots existing as of October 9, 2018 or earlier and zoned the Rural Residential (RR) Zone
Bona fide operating farms, in support of on-farm diversified uses (agri-tourism)
An STA is permitted within commercial zones and it doesn’t have to be ancillary or accessory to a permitted commercial use within these zones.

Rooms and Occupancy

• STAs shall not 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 shall be 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 Designation with a site-specific zoning by-law amendment.


• One additional off-street parking space shall be provided per guest room or 0.5 spaces per guest, whichever is greater, in addition to the required spaces for the dwelling.
• Parking spaces shall be off-street and on the same lot as the STA.
• The zoning by-law amendment allows for a single vehicle to be parked on the street except during the winter season.

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.


• A draft licensing by-law will come before Committee of the Whole for consideration during the first quarter of 2019.
• Licensing will ensure the program is comprehensive and addresses identified issues and objectives.