The City developed three potential options for amendments to the Short Term Rentals Regulations. Saskatoon residents were invited to provide comments and indicate preferences regarding these three options at an open house on October 22, 2019 and/or through an online survey that was open for responses from October 11, 2019 through October 23, 2019. Input received helped formulate recommendations that were presented to City Council at a public hearing on February 24, 2020. City Council is scheduled to make a decision on these recommendations on April 27, 2020.
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Short Term Rentals (STRs) are rental tenancies in all or part of a dwelling unit. STRs include all rental arrangements in a residential dwelling where the host receives compensation from the guest, and the guest stays for less than 30 days. These may be known as vacation rentals, couch surfers, bed and breakfasts and AirBnBs. Any tenancies longer than 30 days is not considered short term rental; STR regulations would not apply to house sitters, house guests or renting from month to month (such as a boarder).
Current Scope of Regulations
The current STR regulations were written for the purpose of regulating bed and breakfast (B&B) homes that operate as an accessory business in a host's home. The business is secondary and incidental to the primary use of the dwelling as a residence. A portion of the dwelling unit is used for the purpose of providing, for payment, sleeping accommodation and one meal per day (before noon) for periods of one week or less. A maximum of three bedrooms can be used for the B&B.
The current regulations also apply to hostels, which are commercial businesses. Hostels are an establishment in which transient lodgers are accommodated for less than one week at a time.
Current Approval Process
Discretionary use approval is required in order to operate a B&B. This process includes seeking input from adjacent property owners. City Council decides on whether approval is granted. The cost of a discretionary use approval is $2,500.
If discretionary use approval is granted, a building and development permit is required to assess zoning requirements (like parking) and building safety issues (like smoke detectors). The cost of this permit would vary with the cost of construction.
As with all businesses, a business license is required annually.
You can find more detailed information on the current regulations by visiting the Bed & Breakfast Homes page on the City website.