Richmond Hill Considers Regulating Short-Term Rental Accommodations

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Survey closes November 18th.

Richmond Hill is moving forward on exploring options to regulate short-term rental accommodations and we are seeking your input through an online survey.

Short-term rental accommodation is when private individuals rent out their house or part of a house, condominium or apartment, such as a room, for short periods of time (generally 30 days or less). This is often handled through platforms like Airbnb, VRBO and that act as host sites for coordinating short-term rental accommodations.

Currently, the City’s Official Plan and zoning by-laws do not specifically address short-term rental accommodations, nor are they regulated by a licensing regime. The City occasionally receives concerns from residents about short-term rentals with respect to noise, parking and property standards. They are now looking at options to address these concerns.  

“Over the past several years, we’ve seen a rise in popularity of short-term rental properties. There is a lot of variety on how municipalities are treating these accommodations and it’s important we take an approach that’s right for our community.” – Mayor Dave Barrow

Richmond Hill residents are encouraged to complete a short, online survey on if and how short-term accommodations should be zoned. The survey is available at and runs until November 18, 2020.