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Short Term Rentals: Findings and Recommendations

City staff will prepare updates to City of Powell River Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, City of Powell River Business License Bylaw 2226, 2010 and City of Powell River Municipal Ticketing Information Bylaw 2358, 2013 to permit a moderate expansion of short-term rentals in the City.

Since July 2016, staff have been monitoring short-term rentals in City of Powell River. Short-term rentals are furnished homes, suites, or rooms that are rented for less than a month. Powell River, similar to many communities across Canada, has experienced a large increase in the number of short-term rentals offered on websites like Airbnb and VBRO. Since 2016, short-term rentals have increased from about 20 to more than 50 units offered in June 2018. From late 2017 to early 2018, the City sought advice from Whistler Centre for Sustainability on effective policy and practices research; public and stakeholder engagement; and recommendations regarding short-term rentals in Powell River. The following links are to the Whistler Centre’s report on short-term rentals and a presentation to City of Powell River Council regarding short-term rentals.

Powell River Short Term Rentals - Presentation

Powell River Short Term Rentals - Summary Report



Event date: 
Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 2:00pm


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