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Short-Term Rentals

Overview

City of Powell River allows the rental of rooms or dwellings for less than 28 days.

Requirements

Short-term Rental Business Licences are for people who are renting out the whole or a portion of their principal residence for less than 28 days.

  • An unlimited number of short-term rental licences are available.

  • Short-term rentals are permitted in R1, R2, R3, R3A, RA1, A0, A1, A2, and CD4 zones.

  • Up to two adult guests per bedroom, eight adults total are allowed.

  • $180 annual business licence fee. $100/day fine for advertising without a licence.

A Vacation Rental Business Licence is for people who rent out the whole or a portion of a property that is not their principal residence for legal and tax purposes.

  • Only ten (10) vacation rental licences are available.

  • Vacation rentals are permitted in R1, R2, R3, RA1, A1, A2, and CD4 zones.

  • Up to two adult guests per bedroom, eight adults total are allowed.

  • $1,000 annual business licence fee for a vacation rental. $100/day fine for advertising without a licence.

Traveller accommodation use is permitted in C1, C4, and MX zones.

Please review the STR Information Sheet under “Quick Links” for more information.

Background

City of Powell River led a research and public consultation program in 2017 and 2018 to understand effective ways to manage short-term rentals in our community. The Summary Report (PDF) found that regulations need to balance the following competing goals:

  • Ensure that viable long-term rental housing is not converted into short-term rental stock;

  • Support affordable home ownership;

  • Provide tourist accommodation that is family-friendly, pet-friendly, and welcoming, especially during busy summer seasons and for special events;

  • Avoid taking business away from Powell River’s tourist accommodation operators; and

  • Support safety, reduce noise, and manage parking in residential neighbourhoods.