Short-term rentals are an important part of our community, providing accommodation for tourists and local community members. Many short-term rentals are in residential neighbourhoods and it is also important for the business owner to ensure their clients are following District of Sechelt Bylaws and Public Health Regulations.
Short-term rentals must be licensed in the District of Sechelt. Please review the Short Term Rental Schedule to Business License Bylaw No. 520, 2012 (See Schedule B) and Short Term Residential License Form if you are interested in starting up a new short-term rental. To apply for a licence, the completed application form, the licence fee and the security deposit must be delivered to the District Office. We can be reached at 604-885-1986 for any questions.
Please note that keeping your business license in good standing means following all provincial and federal statutes, including current Public Health Orders. To report a violation of a public health order, please call Vancouver Coastal Health at 1-888-268-4319 or the RCMP non-emergency line at 604-885-2266. For emergencies call 9-1-1.
The District of Sechelt maintains bylaws on such issues as noise, unsightly premises, pesticides and dog licensing and control. The bylaw enforcement officers work to achieve compliance to the bylaws of Sechelt by its citizens and visitors.
Proprietors of short-term rentals should post signage in their rental accommodation to inform their clients of local bylaws and reminders that can help ensure the peaceful enjoyment of the neighbourhood by visitors and residents. Recommended signage includes:
- above the kitchen sink: “Do not dump grease down the drain”
- by the kitchen garbage bin: “Garbage is a wildlife attractant. Please dispose of all waste in the _______________________.” Make sure to specify the wildlife-proof storage location, or indicate if renters are responsible for taking their own garbage off-site.
- information on noise bylaws and penalties to put near patios/exits.
- Practice water conservation: don't leave faucets running, have short showers and only run full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine
Sustainable Sunshine Coast:
Sustainable Sunshine Coast is a partnership of organizations who are managing the Sunshine Coast’s capacity for sustainable tourism through outreach, shared best practices, and connecting visitors, operators and locals to resources and innovative ideas. With more visitors and locals demanding Sustainable Operations, reducing our footprint is better for the planet and the bottom line. Find tips and resources on the Sunshine Coast Tourism website.
Definition of short-term rental:
Renting of accommodation on a residentially zoned property for periods of less than 30 days, in situations other than a Bed and Breakfast operation, is considered a short-term rental. Short-term rentals operators must have a business license to operate in Sechelt.