Short Term Rentals - Fines and Penalties for Public Health Violations

Short Term Rental Accommodations During COVID-19

By order of the Provincial Health Officer (Pursuant to Sections 30, 31, 32 and 39 (3) Public Health Act, S.B.C. 2008) COVID-19 Prevention Regional Measures, all individuals, places of work and businesses in B.C. must significantly reduce social interactions and travel effective November 19, 2020 at midnight and, unless earlier extended by the Provincial Health Officer, expires on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 12:00 P.M.  A copy of the order may be viewed on the Provincial Government website:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions

Please note Section A of the Regulation - Definitions in this Order:

PRIVATE RESIDENCES AND VACATION ACCOMMODATION

  • No person may have present at a private residence or vacation accommodation, either inside or outside, a person who does not reside with them.
  • No person may be present at another person’s private residence or vacation accommodation, either inside or outside.
  • Despite sections 1 and 2, a person who lives on their own (hereinafter referred to as the “resident”) may have up to two other persons present at their private residence or vacation accommodation, if the other persons are individuals with whom the resident regularly interacts. If the other two persons regularly interact with one another, as well as with the resident, they may be present in residence at the same time.

Members of the public are required under section 42 of the Public Health Act to comply with this Order.

Failure to comply with this Order is an offence under section 99 (1) (k) of the Public Health Act and subject to penalties under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act, as follows:


Hosts

a. Holding an event in a vacation accommodation or a private residence (indoors or outdoors) with more than 6 guests who do not live together.

Item 23.5, Schedule 2. Contravention of the Gathering and Events Order; Section 2(2) $2300 fine.

b. Holding an event in a vacation accommodation or a private residence where guest are not able to maintain a distance of two metres from one another who do not live together.

Item 23.5, Schedule 2. Contravention of the Gathering and Events Order; Section 2(2) $2300 fine.

Individuals:
b. Individuals who actively encourage attendance to gatherings that do not comply
Item 23.3 Section 4  $200 fine, $30 victim surcharge levy, total amount $230
c. Individuals who fail to comply with direction from law enforcement
Item 23.3 Section 5  $200 fine, $30 victim surcharge levy, total amount $230
d. Abusive or belligerent behaviour at a social gathering, at an event or in any premises identified by the PHO
Item 23.3 Section 6  $200 fine, $30 victim surcharge levy, total amount $230
e. Fail to comply with patron distancing conditions 
Item 23.3 Section 47 $200 fine, $30 victim surcharge levy, total amount $230
f. Fail to comply with patron conditions and drive-in
Item 23.3 Section 7(2)  $200 fine, $30 victim surcharge levy, total amount $230

Judicial penalties of up to $10,000 may be levied for continued non-compliance.


Business Licensing

District of Sechelt Business License Bylaw 520, 2012, requires that all businesses licensed within the District of Sechelt be in compliance with “with federal, provincial or local government statutes, bylaws and regulations including without limitation those regulating building, business, health, sanitation and zoning” (s. 6.6) Per section 6.7 of the Bylaw 520, 2020,

6.7 The Licence Inspector is hereby authorized to suspend, for the period deemed appropriate by the Licence Inspector, or cancel a business licence:

Please be advised that compliance with District of Sechelt bylaws will be investigated at the discretion of the License Inspector per Bylaw 520, 2012, Sec 6.5, and enforced per District of Sechelt Bylaw Notice Enforcement Implementation Bylaw Amendment No. 515-5, 2020.


Reporting

If you are aware of a Short-Term Rental (also known as a Bed & Breakfast, Air B&B, Country Inn, Cottage Rental, and Vacation Apartment) operating in contravention of the above requirement, please report this to the Vancouver Coastal Health at 1-888-268-4319 or the RCMP non-emergency line at 604-885-2266. For emergencies call 9-1-1.

For complaints related to District of Sechelt bylaws, we can be reached via email (bylaw@sechelt.ca) or by phone (604-885-1986).

To view all District of Sechelt updates related to Covid-19 and see up-to-date information on the status of District services, please visit https://www.sechelt.ca/Live/COVID-19-Municipal-Updates, or call 604-885-1986. Phones are being answered between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM Monday to Friday. To submit a complaint or a service request online any time, please fill out the form at https://www.sechelt.ca/Contact-Us/Submit-Service-Request.

Visit www.canada.ca/coronavirus for the most up to date information from the Federal Government.