Welland’s short-term rental license program takes effect Jan. 31

Welland’s licensing program for short-term rentals will take effect on January 31.

The licensing is intended to ensure that all of the city’s short-term rental properties operate in compliance with applicable laws, according to a news release.

A short-term rental is a dwelling unit rented for 28 consecutive days or less, but does not include a bed and breakfast, hotel/motel, boarding house or lodging house.

The zoning permits short-term rental housing as a secondary use in residential, agricultural and institutional zones where residential uses are permitted and as a primary residential use in commercial zones that permit residential uses, the city said.

The city’s website provides residents and short-term rental operators with relevant information, including how to apply for permits and how to report an issue or concern in the neighborhood. The webpage can be accessed at www.welland.ca/BylawEnforcement/ShortTermRentals.asp.

Owners and operators of short-term rentals in Welland should be aware that zoning policy requires that rentals contain no more than three guest rooms.

Short-term rentals are not permitted to display outdoor advertising on site and must require an additional 0.5 parking space per room.

The Enforcement Division will enforce short-term rental license regulations through a system of administrative penalties and demerit points. By-law officers can suspend or revoke a license.

Welland City Council approved the program in November.

Short-term rental owners must show proof of a certificate of insurance, site plan, floor plan, parking management plan, fire safety protocols, and electrical safety inspections.

License fees are set at $1,029.50, with an annual renewal fee of $75.

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