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Business License Requirements

In the the City of Victoria as well as in the different districts such as Langford, Sidney, Saanich, Central and North Saanich as well as View Royal, different bylaws apply in regards to vacation rentals resulting in different business license requirements to operate a vacation rental.

Victoria Prime will be able to advise you on the business license requirements to operate your vacation rental.

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Victoria

As per the City of Victoria bylaws, Short Term Rentals (less than 30 day stays) are only permitted in primary residences (homes and condos). However, the short term rental is rather limited as it cannot occupy an entire self-contained dwelling unit (home or condo), except occasionally while the owner/renter is away. For homes with self contained suites, the suite cannot be used for short term rental.

The owner/renter can therefore rent the entire dwelling unit 3-4x/year short term (under 30 days). Or up to 2 beds in the home while the owner/renter is living in the home.

Long term (30+ day stays) are permitted in both primary and non-primary residences (homes and condos).

See also info sheet on STR rentals in Victoria.

Please note that all above is subject to building strata bylaws where applicable.

Business license is required for Short- and Long Term Rental

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Victoria

Short Term Rental – Exception to the Rule

For non-primary residences, the City of Victoria bylaws permit Short-Term Rentals only in legal non-conforming buildings (where short term rentals were a permitted use before the change of the bylaws in 2017). The legal non-conforming buildings in Victoria are as follows:

595 Pandora, 601 Herald, Astoria, Cityzen, Corazon, ERA, Falls, Juliet, Legato, Leiser, Mermaid Wharf, Monaco, Oriental, Palladian, The Janion, The SoHo, Union and Vogue.

  

 

See also info sheet on STR rentals in Victoria.

Please note that all above is subject to building strata bylaws where applicable.

Business license is required for Short-Term Rental

View Royal, British Columbia

View Royal

No short-term rentals permitted.

Long Term Rentals (30+ day stays) are permitted.
If the property has a suite, attached or detached, the owner is to occupy either unit to rent the other unit.

No Business License required

Langford, British Columbia

Langford

You can rent out your entire home for short or long term.
If home has a “Legal suite”, then owner has to occupy either unit (suite or main floor) to rent out other unit.
Owner can also rent out bedrooms in the home if owner resides in the home, which would be considered a bed and breakfast and would require a B&B Licence.
Must also provide 1 onsite parking space if renting a suite. 2 online parking spaces if renting an entire home.

No Business License required for Short- and Long-Term Rental

Saanich, British Columbia

Saanich

No short-term rentals permitted.

Long Term Rentals (30+ day stays) are permitted.
If the property has a suite, attached or detached, the owner is to occupy either unit to rent the other unit.

No Business License required

North Saanich, British Columbia

North Saanich

No short-term rentals permitted.

Only long term (30+ days) are permitted.
If property has a suite, attached or detached, owner to occupy either unit to rent other unit.

No Business License required

Central Saanich, British Columbia

Central Saanich

No Short Term Rentals are permitted.

 

  Long Term Rentals (30+ day stays) are permitted.
If the property has a suite, attached or detached, the owner is to occupy either unit to rent the other unit.

No Business License required

Sidney, British Columbia

Sidney

The Zoning Bylaw allows Short Term Rentals on most residential properties in Sidney, provided that certain requirements are met.

Long Term Rentals (31+ day stays) are permitted. If the property has a suite, detached to attached, the owner is to occupy either unit to rent the other unit.

No Business License required

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