Short Term Rental Survey

Introduction and Background

The City of Nanaimo is currently reviewing its Zoning and Business License regulations as they relate to short-term rentals and bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation.  This work is a direct recommendation of the Affordable Housing Strategy (AHS)

The AHS and the City Health and Housing Action Plan (HHAP) also support plans and polices to ensure accessible and affordable market rentals for Nanaimo residents.

The purpose of this short 9 question survey is to gage public support for proposed land use and business licence recommendations related to the regulation of short-term rental accommodation


On 2020-OCT-26, the City of Nanaimo Governance and Priorities Committee received a report and presentation regarding regulating short-term rental accommodation.  Council requested that Staff consult further with stakeholders and the public regarding Council’s recommended option before returning to Council with bylaw amendments.  Prior to the October report, the City previously launched a survey on short-term rentals that received 86 responses.  The City also hosted an Open House in November of 2019 that had approximately 40 attendees.  In order to allow residents an opportunity to comment on the proposed regulations drafted as a result of the earlier consultation and allow the City to hear from more residents, particularly renters, the City has launched this follow-up survey regarding the proposed short-term rental regulations.
Land use regulations related to short-term rentals are typically included within a Zoning Bylaw.  A Zoning Bylaw is the principal way that local governments can regulate land-use.  Zoning Bylaws assign a zone to all land within a local government and specify what activities are permitted within each zone.
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