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Rental Bylaws by Municipality – Collingwood, The Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach, Clearview & Meaford

Posted by Admin on April 24, 2018
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It’s easy to fall in love with the idea of becoming a Landlord, whether it be renting out your vacation home for part of the year when you are not using it yourself, splitting off part of your home to create an accessory apartment or bed and breakfast, or owning an investment property with the goal of keeping a Tenant in it for the long term. It’s important however, to consider that each municipality has it’s own set of rules and bylaws with regards to what can and cannot be done. For instance, did you know that renting out your home on a short term basis is not permitted in several municipalities and condo boards? Or that creating a Bed and Breakfast must sometimes meet a certain set of criteria before they can operate legally?

A very big reason to consider using a local REALTOR® to purchase your home is that when building a relationship with you, we will determine your intentions for the property and help you to carry out your due diligence to ensure that the municipal bylaws will allow you to achieve your goals.

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of bylaws associated with rentals within each municipality we service in Southern Georgian Bay. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to us or use the contact information we’ve provided below for the building and planning departments.

Regardless of the type of rental, all properties must adhere to Building, Fire and Electrical Codes and must follow Property Standards and Occupancy Standards including health and safety requirements. Further, those renting their property on an annual basis, must adhere to the Residential Tenancies Act.

Collingwood

Short Term Accommodations

The town of Collingwood does not allow for short term accommodations unless the home is approved as a Bed and Breakfast. Short term accommodations include any rental, including vacation rental (eg AirBNB, VRBO, etc), for any period less than 30 consecutive calendar days. The investigation into such units in the Town of Collingwood are complaints driven, and homeowners found to be conducting a short term accommodation business may be issued a hefty fine.

Accessory Apartments

An accessory apartment may be constructed in the Town of Collingwood if ticks the following boxes:

  • Must be in a single-detached or semi-detached house
  • Maximum – 1 accessory apartment per property
  • Must be less than 40% of the full dwelling.
  • Must have a separate entrance from the exterior of the house (may have a shared hallway with main dwelling)
  • The house must be connected to municipal services (water and sewer), or meet Ontario Building Code requirements to the satisfaction of the Town of Collingwood
  • Minimum – 1 parking space for apartment (+ 2 for main dwelling)
  • Must meet zoning requirements
  • On larger lots within the older built up portion of the Town (the Collingwood Intensification Area), detached accessory apartments (eg. coach house or garden suite) may be permitted.

Bed and Breakfast

A Bed and Breakfast is allowable in Collingwood if it meets the following criteria:

  • Maximum – 3 guest rooms
  • Bed and Breakfast cannot occupy the gross floor area of the dwelling
  • The owner of the bed and breakfast must live in the house.
  • Maximum – 1 bedroom in the dwelling shall be for the exclusive use of the owner. Maximum – 1 non occupant employee
  • Generally includes serving of prepared food to guests
  • If more than 2 guest rooms, buffer area must be created between neighbouring lot and driveway (unless no neighbour next to driveway)
  • Must be connected to municipal services (water and sewer), or meet Ontario Building Code requirements to the satisfaction of the Town of Collingwood.
  • Minimum – 1 parking space per guest room (+ 2 for main dwelling)

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Wasaga Beach

Short Term Accommodations

In order to rent out an accommodation in Wasaga Beach on a short-term basis (less than 31 days), one must obtain a business licence and the property must have the appropriate zoning.

Short term rentals (including AirBNB, VRBO, etc.), are prohibited in all Residential Zones and Local Commercial Zones in the Town of Wasaga Beach.

Zones that MAY permit short term accommodations if a proper business licence is obtained include Tourist Commercial Zones (CT), Accommodation Commercial Zones (CA), District Commercial Zones (CD) and Service Commercial Zones (CS).

Accessory Apartments
An accessory apartment may be constructed on a lot if it ticks the following boxes:

  • Must be within a single detached, semi-detached or townhouse dwelling
  • Maximum – 1 accessory apartment on a property
  • Must not be in a natural hazard land (eg. floodplain)
  • Accessory apartment must have its own entrance from the exterior of the house (may have a shared hallway with main dwelling)
  • The home must be connected to municipal services (water and sewer)
  • Minimum – 1 parking space for apartment (+ 2 for main dwelling)
  • Must have access from a public street (not permitted on private roads)
  • Must meet zoning requirements – or apply for a zoning by-law amendment
  • Must be a minimum of 37 m2 (~400 ft2)
  • House must be a minimum of 94 m2 (~1012 ft2) excluding accessory apartment Apartment must not be > 45% of gross floor area
  • If a townhouse, dwelling must have minimum frontage of 10.3 m2 (~34’) and a minimum driveway width of 5.6 m2 (~18.4’)
  • Parking must be on the lot and not on any street or lane
  • Minimally, 45% of front yard must be landscaped open space (i.e. not driveway)
  • Must not change appearance of the house or neighbourhood
  • Apartment occupant cannot operate a home business

Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfasts are allowable in Wasaga Beach if it ticks all of the following boxes:

  • Must meet zoning requirements
  • Must be an accessory to the main residential use
  • Must not change residential character of lot
  • Must be occupied full time by owner or a lessee with a minimum 1-year lease
  • No non-occupant employees except for housekeeper if required
  • In residential zones, Bed and Breakfast must be contained within the dwelling unit
  • Maximum – 3 guest rooms
  • Guest rooms must not contain kitchen facilities
  • Must have sufficient parking on lot (not street parking)
  • Interior side yard parking requires a buffer of 0.9 m (~3’)
  • Minimum – 60% of front yard must be landscaped open space
  • Minimum – 1 Bedroom for exclusive use of principal resident
  • When driveway abuts neighbouring lot, must have a minimum 2 m(6.56’) high planting strip between parking and neighbouring lot
  • When parking is in the rear, must have a minimum 2 m (6.56’) high planting strip or opaque privacy fence
  • 1 parking space per suite (+ 2 required for main dwelling)
  • Cannot be a nuisance in regard to noise, traffic or parking
  • Requires a business licence
  • Must be a member of the Federation of Ontario Bed & Breakfast Association (FOBBA)

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The Blue Mountains

Short Term Accommodations

The Town of Blue Mountains has an extensive Bylaw regarding short term accommodations (rentals of less than 30 days). Effective December 1, 2014, The Town of Blue Mountains Short Term Accommodation (STA) Licensing By-Law (By-law No. 2013-50), has been put in place and enforced across the entire town.

The purpose of this STA licence is to offer safe, adequate and properly maintained short term accommodations for visitors to the area and prevents residents from complaining about noise issues, public disturbances, traffic safety, parking issues, etc.

Under this by-law, homeowners wishing to rent their properties for less than 30 days at a time must apply for a licence which costs $2000 and renews bi-annually for $750.

New licences will not be issued for low density residential areas unless it can be proven that the home has operated as an STA since before February 4th, 2008. In order to obtain a licence, a Responsible Person that neighbours may call to issue a complaint must be available to attend to the STA within one hour. This helps keep OPP available for more emergent calls throughout the town, rather than handling nuisance complaints.

Home owners of condominiums in a commercial resort such as Mountain Springs or Chateau Ridge, do not require an STA licence if their unit is in a rental program that manages at least 10 other units within the commercial condo complex.

When applying for a short term accommodation licence, an inspection is completed for electrical safety, interconnected smoke alarms in each bedroom, CO detectors, clearly marked exits, corridor lighting, proper egress in windows and a fire safety plan. Any failed part of the inspection must be remedied within 15 days.
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Accessory Apartments

Attached accessory apartments may be constructed in The Town of Blue Mountains if the following is met:

  • Must meet zoning requirements
  • Must be within a single detached, semi-detached, duplex or townhouse
  • Maximum – 1 accessory apartment per property (regardless of detached/attached)
  • Use is accessory to principle use on same lot
  • Accessory apartment is less than 50% of gross floor area of main dwelling unit
  • Maximum bedrooms in accessory apartment is 2
  • One parking spot per unit (+ 2 for main dwelling)

Detached accessory apartments on Urban and Municipally Serviced lots in The Town of Blue Mountains are allowed if they tick the following boxes:

  • Must meet zoning requirements (including yard setbacks)
  • Maximum – 1 accessory apartment per property (regardless of detached/attached)
  • Is accessory to principle use on same lot
  • Less than 50% of gross floor area of main dwelling
  • Maximum of 2 bedrooms in unit
  • Does not exceed maximum lot coverage for accessory structures (varies by zone)
  • Maximum height is 4.5 m (14.76’)
  • Shared driveway entrance with main part of house
  • Subject to Site Plan Control
  • Minimum 1 parking spot for accessory unit (+ 2 for main dwelling)

Detached accessory apartments on Rural and Privately Serviced lots in The Town of Blue Mountains are allowed if they tick the following boxes:

  • Same requirements as detached accessory apartments on urban, municipally serviced lots plus:
  • The lot is not less than 0.8 ha in size
  • Accessory apartment is located less than 50 m from primary dwelling
  • Must meet Minimum Distance Separation requirements for well and septic services Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

Establishments in the Town of Blue Mountains may offer up to three guest rooms in a dwelling by way of concession, permit, lease, license, rental agreement or similar commercial arrangements, and must be the principal residence of the proprietor. Bed and Breakfasts do not include STA properties and require 1 parking space per guest room plus 2 for the dwelling.

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Clearview

Short Term Accommodations

Short term accommodations in Clearview must meet the requirements of a Bed and Breakfast.

Accessory Apartments

Accessory apartments in Clearview are allowed if they tick the following boxes:

  • Must meet zoning requirements
  • Maximum of 1 accessory apartment on a lot
  • Must have minimum frontage of 5 m (~16.4’) inside a fully-serviced settlement area
  • Must be have a minimum frontage of 10 m (32.8’) outside a fully-serviced settlement area
  • The following habitable size requirements must be met:
    • Bachelor apartment: minimum 25 m2 (~270 ft2)
    • 1 Bedroom apartment: minimum 32 m2 (~345 ft2)
    • 9 m2 (97 ft2) for each additional room
    • Apartment must be less than 111 m2 (~1195 ft2) including basement space
  • Must have separate sanitary & kitchen facilities from main part of house
  • Must be provided with at least 1 parking space
  • Must be fully above flood plain
  • Attached accessory apartments must be within a single detached dwelling
  • Attached accessory apartments must maintain the general character of the dwelling and surrounding neighbourhood & shall not alter any facade facing a street.

Additionally, detached accessory apartments must meet the following provisions:

  • Must be less than 50m (~164’) from primary dwelling
  • Must be less than 50% size of primary residence
  • Shall not be considered a surplus residence for the purposes of obtaining a consent
  • Shall not be severed from primary dwelling by consent.

Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfasts are allowable in Clearview if it ticks all of the following boxes:

  • Must meet zoning requirements
  • Must be within a single detached dwelling unit
  • Must be occupied and conducted by a full time resident of the dwelling
  • Must be an accessory use to a single detached residential use
  • Maximum of 3 guest rooms in Residential Zones
  • Maximum of 5 Guest rooms in Agricultural or Rural Zones
  • Parking spaces for guests must be designated so exclusively and labelled with a sign
  • May include serving of food to guests
  • May not include in-room meal preparation area for guests
  • May not include serving of food to non-guests as a service
  • Must not alter residential character of the building or neighbourhood
  • Maximum of 1 employee who is not a resident of the dwelling
  • Maximum of 1 sign that is less than 0.5 m2

If in a settlement area, these additional provisions apply:

  • Outdoor amenity areas for guests must be completely screened in by fence or landscape screen to limit disturbance to neighbours
  • Parking must be hard surfaced
  • Parking must be greater than 3 m away from neighbouring property and must be screened from any adjacent residential use with a landscaping screen or fence

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Meaford

Short Term Accommodations

Short Term Accommodations (aka Cottage Rentals per the Municipality of Meaford’s Zoning By-laws) are permitted if they meet the following provisions:

  • Must meet zoning requirements
  • Must be within a single detached dwelling
  • May not be within a detached accessory structure
  • If in an accessory (attached) apartment, main part of house must not be available for rent
  • Maximum of 3 guest rooms

Accessory Apartments

Accessory Apartments in are permitted in the Town of Meaford if the following conditions are met:

  • Must meet zoning requirements, including yard setbacks, maximum height and maximum lot coverage
  • Maximum of 1 accessory apartment in conjunction with a permitted single detached, semi detached or duplex dwelling
  • Use is accessory to principle use of property
  • Apartment must be less than 50% of gross floor area of main dwelling (excluding floor area within the apartment that has ceiling heights of less than 1.2 m (12.9’))
  • Maximum of 2 Bedrooms
  • If an accessory building already exists on the property but does not meet the height or lot coverage restrictions, the existing building may be converted to an accessory apartment if all other requirements are met.
  • If in a rural area with private services, detached accessory structures must be less than 50 m (164’) from primary dwelling.

Bed and Breakfast

A Bed and Breakfast in the Town of Meaford must be part of a single detached dwelling with no more than 3 bedrooms available for rent to the travelling public. The owner of the house must live in and supply lodgings with or without meals for hire or pay but does not include a residential care facility or tourist establishment.

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