Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Motels are the only Short Term Accommodations allowed within the Town of Collingwood.

August 19, 2020
Bylaw Enforcement, Planning & Development
Short Term Accommodations

The Town of Collingwood would like to remind property owners that outside of hotels, motels, and owner-occupied bed and breakfast establishments, Short Term Accommodation (less than 30 days) is not permitted.

Short Term Accommodation is defined under the Town’s Zoning By-law No. 2010-40 as:
“the use of a dwelling unit, or any part thereof, that is operating or offering a place of temporary residence, lodging, or occupancy by way of concession, permit, lease, licence, rental agreement or similar commercial arrangement for any period of 30 consecutive calendar days or less, throughout all or any part of a calendar year."

Subsection 4.22.2, of Zoning By-law No. 2010-40 states: 
Except for a bed and breakfast, no dwelling unit shall be used as short-term accommodation.

Bed and breakfasts are a form of home occupation in which the proprietors are also residents of the building in which the short term accommodation is offered. As a home occupation, a Bed and Breakfast may be permitted within any zone where there is an existing single detached dwelling, subject to provisions.

Where it is determined by Collingwood By-law Enforcement that a property owner is operating a Short Term Accommodation illegally and fails to discontinue the use of same, may result in the Town proceeding with legal action. Violations under the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c. P13 are subject to a maximum fine of $25,000 for a person, and if the person is a corporation, the maximum fine is $50,000. Enforcement is complaint-based, and does include evidence-gathering on advertising websites like Airbnb and Kijiji.

Discover the zoning by-law information related to bed and breakfasts and short term accommodation.