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Occupancy restriction

Yes, there is an occupancy restriction for short-term rentals (STRs) in Waterloo, Canada. STRs are limited to two guests per bedroom.

Length of Stay
29 days or less
Registration & Licensing Fees
The license costs $150 per year and must be renewed annually. Initial license fees range from $400 to upwards of $650, which are assessed upon the size of the rental unit.
Licenses or Permits Required
Short-term rentals, like Airbnb’s, require a residential rental license if they are located in a low-rise residential building. The license costs $150 per year and must be renewed annually. Depending on whether the landlord lives in the property, those who want a rental license have to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,200. Applicants must also show they have insurance coverage and a building permit and that their property complies with the city's electrical, fire, and zoning codes.
Property Inspection
All rental properties are subject to periodic random inspection by municipal bylaw officers and the fire department
Guest Record
Guest records are not required
Zoning

Short-term rentals are only permitted in certain zoning areas in Waterloo. Hosts should ensure that their property is located in a zone that allows for short-term rentals before listing it on Airbnb

Occupancy taxes and fees

Short-term rental operators in Waterloo must collect and remit a four percent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) on all rental transactions.

Insurance requirement

Hosts are required to have liability insurance that covers their short-term rental business.

Does any Building, Health & Safety Regulation affects STR?

Short-term rental operators in Waterloo must comply with all relevant safety regulations, including fire codes and building codes.

Parking Requirement

Adequate parking must be provided for guests

Advertising Requirement

Portable or temporary signs require a permit to display on public or private property. Apply in-person at the municipal enforcement counter at **[Waterloo City Centre (city hall)](https://goo.gl/maps/XJ88SCCMmz92)**. The cost is $60.12/permit (cash, cheque, money order, debit and credit accepted).

Permanent signs also require a permit. The cost is $275/sign. Various payment methods are accepted based on how you apply.

Noise regulation

The city has rules regarding noise and parking.

Neighbor Notification

Be considerate and adhere to neighbourhood etiquette. Communicating with neighbours and maintaining your property are good places to start. When developing relationships, prioritize honest and open communication. For example, if you are planning a construction project (that may be noisy), notify neighbours that may be affected. If the construction is bothering them, encourage them to reach out to you prior to contacting authorities. Maintaining your property is also important! Raking leaves, regularly cutting the lawn, removing snow from walkways and sidewalks, and beautifying your garden, are easy ways to be a good neighbour.

Limitation on number of STR owned

No, there are no limitations

Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR

No, there are no specific regulations on hosting events or parties.

Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR

No, there are no specific regulations on hosting events or parties.

Hosting events regulations
Restrictions on number of reservations

No, there are no restrictions

Waste disposal regulations

Yes, there are waste disposal regulations for short-term rentals (STRs) in Waterloo,Canada. Garbage, recycling, and green bins must be stored behind the front of the building and in a secure enclosure. Garbage collection is bi-weekly and recycling and green bin collection is weekly. Tenants should be informed of the collection standards and frequency

Accessibility Requirement

Yes, there are accessibility requirements for short-term rentals (STRs) in Waterloo. STR owners are required to make their properties accessible to guests with disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The ADA requires businesses to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities, provide accessible parking, accessible ramps and entrances, accessible kitchens and bathrooms, accessible furniture and appliances and accessible signage.

waste disposal regulations
Waste disposal regulations

Yes, there are waste disposal regulations for short-term rentals (STRs) in Waterloo,Canada. Garbage, recycling, and green bins must be stored behind the front of the building and in a secure enclosure. Garbage collection is bi-weekly and recycling and green bin collection is weekly. Tenants should be informed of the collection standards and frequency

Emergency Contact Information

Yes, emergency contact information is required for short-term rentals (STRs) in Waterloo. STR owners are required to provide their guests with the following emergency contact information:

- The name and phone number of the STR owner

- The name and phone number of a local contact person who is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies

STR owners are also required to post the emergency contact information in a conspicuous location in the STR.

What is short term rental?

The Region of Waterloo defines a short-term rental as reservations for a dwelling that last 29 nights or fewer.

Are there STR regulations that affect property owners?

Yes, there are regulations that affect property owners

Is there any short-term rental-related tax?

Yes, there are a number of taxes that short-term rental operators are required to collecting, filing, and remit in Waterloo.

Is it only individuals that are permitted to operate short-term rental?

Yes, individuals are permitted to operate short-term rental businesses according to local regulations.

What are the procedures and requirement for the neighborhood approval?

There are no procedures required

Do I need a neighborhood approval?

No, you do not need neighborhood approval for a short-term rental in Waterloo

Building, Health & Safety Regulation
Which of these taxes does Airbnb or other booking company collect?
What zoning laws affect Short Term Rentals?

Short-term rentals are only permitted in certain zoning areas in Waterloo. Hosts should ensure that their property is located in a zone that allows for short-term rentals before listing it on Airbnb

Is there any guest record requirement?

Yes, there are a number of taxes that short-term rental operators are required to collecting, filing, and remit in Waterloo.

Do i require any license(s) for STR?

In the City of Waterloo, low-rise residential rental units require an annual licence to ensure safe accommodations, regardless of whether they offer long-term or short-term rentals.

Which tax(es) am i obligated to collect and remit?

Short-term rental operators in Waterloo must collect and remit a four percent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) on all rental transactions.

Which tax(es) am i obligated to collect and remit?

Short-term rental operators in Waterloo must collect and remit a four percent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) on all rental transactions.

Tax
What ZIP Codes have been prohibited for STR use?

There are no zip codes that have been prohibited for STR use in Ormond Beach. However, hosts are advised to confirm from the City Clerk

What types of properties are eligible for short-term rentals?

Single-family homes, Duplexes, Multi-family homes, Townhouses, Condominiums, Cottages, Cabins and Apartments are eligible for short-term rental in Waterloo.

Does occupancy limit affect STR?

Yes, occupancy limits affect short-term rentals (STR) in Ormond Beach

What STR regulations affect me as an Owner?

The licensing bylaw regulates:

Non-owner-occupied rentals with up to 4 bedrooms (Class “A”)

Owner-occupied units with up to 4 bedrooms for rent (Class “B”)

Lodging houses (rental units with 5 or more bedrooms – Class “C”)

Requirements for Class C building cannot:

- be more than 600 square metres

- be more than 3 storeys

- have more than 2 bathrooms

- have more than 1 kitchen.

- All bedrooms must have doors capable of being locked.

- The owner must have written lease agreements with all tenants over age 16.

What are the procedures or requirements for keeping the guest records?

There shall be six (6) types of licences to carry on a Residential Rental Business (a) Class “A” licences, which are required for all Rental Units that are not covered by any other Classes in this section;

(b) Class “B” licences, which are required for all Rental Units on residential rental properties that are Owner Occupied except those Rental Units for which another class of licence has been obtained;

(c) Class “C” licences, which are required for all Rental Units with five (5) or more bedrooms;

(d) Class “D” licences, which are required for all recognized lodging houses;

(e) Class “E” licences, which are required for all temporary Rental Units; and,

(f) Class “Z” licences, which are required for all Rental Units in Buildings that contain four (4) or more Dwelling Units, where the Dwelling Units are horizontally separated.

Notification
What are the occupancy limits for STR?

Two guests per bedroom.

What other STR regulations am i obligated to observe?

STR owners are also responsible for complying with all other applicable city ordinances, such as those related to trash disposal, property maintenance, and business licensing.

What are the penalties and fines for non compliance?

Operating an STR without a permit or exceeding the occupancy limit, the city may issue a fine of up to $1,000 and/or suspend or revoke the STR permit. Where an Owner is convicted of knowingly carrying on or engaging in a trade, business or occupation on, in or in respect of any premises or any part of any premises without a licence required by this bylaw, the Court may order that the premises or part of the premises be closed to any use for a period not exceeding two (2) years.

Is there any official regulatory body or authority?

City of Waterloo Municipal Enforcement

How can i contact the authority?

**[municipalenforcement@waterloo.ca](mailto:municipalenforcement@waterloo.ca)**

**[519-747-8785](tel:519-747-8785)**

Which jurisdictions are exempted from the regulations?

Does not include apartment buildings, group homes, hotels and certain regulated housing such as long-term care homes.

What are the requirements and fees for the permit (s)?

There shall be six (6) types of licences to carry on a Residential Rental Business (a) Class “A” licences, which are required for all Rental Units that are not covered by any other Classes in this section;

(b) Class “B” licences, which are required for all Rental Units on residential rental properties that are Owner Occupied except those Rental Units for which another class of licence has been obtained;

(c) Class “C” licences, which are required for all Rental Units with five (5) or more bedrooms;

(d) Class “D” licences, which are required for all recognized lodging houses;

(e) Class “E” licences, which are required for all temporary Rental Units; and,

(f) Class “Z” licences, which are required for all Rental Units in Buildings that contain four (4) or more Dwelling Units, where the Dwelling Units are horizontally separated.

Basic Information
Occupancy restriction

Yes, there is an occupancy restriction for short-term rentals (STRs) in Waterloo, Canada. STRs are limited to two guests per bedroom.

Length of Stay
29 days or less
Registration & Licensing Fees
The license costs $150 per year and must be renewed annually. Initial license fees range from $400 to upwards of $650, which are assessed upon the size of the rental unit.
Licenses or Permits Required
Short-term rentals, like Airbnb’s, require a residential rental license if they are located in a low-rise residential building. The license costs $150 per year and must be renewed annually. Depending on whether the landlord lives in the property, those who want a rental license have to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,200. Applicants must also show they have insurance coverage and a building permit and that their property complies with the city's electrical, fire, and zoning codes.
Property Inspection
All rental properties are subject to periodic random inspection by municipal bylaw officers and the fire department
Guest Record
Guest records are not required
Zoning

Short-term rentals are only permitted in certain zoning areas in Waterloo. Hosts should ensure that their property is located in a zone that allows for short-term rentals before listing it on Airbnb

Occupancy taxes and fees

Short-term rental operators in Waterloo must collect and remit a four percent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) on all rental transactions.

Insurance requirement

Hosts are required to have liability insurance that covers their short-term rental business.

Does any Building, Health & Safety Regulation affects STR?

Short-term rental operators in Waterloo must comply with all relevant safety regulations, including fire codes and building codes.

Parking Requirement

Adequate parking must be provided for guests

Advertising Requirement

Portable or temporary signs require a permit to display on public or private property. Apply in-person at the municipal enforcement counter at **[Waterloo City Centre (city hall)](https://goo.gl/maps/XJ88SCCMmz92)**. The cost is $60.12/permit (cash, cheque, money order, debit and credit accepted).

Permanent signs also require a permit. The cost is $275/sign. Various payment methods are accepted based on how you apply.

Noise regulation

The city has rules regarding noise and parking.

Neighbor Notification

Be considerate and adhere to neighbourhood etiquette. Communicating with neighbours and maintaining your property are good places to start. When developing relationships, prioritize honest and open communication. For example, if you are planning a construction project (that may be noisy), notify neighbours that may be affected. If the construction is bothering them, encourage them to reach out to you prior to contacting authorities. Maintaining your property is also important! Raking leaves, regularly cutting the lawn, removing snow from walkways and sidewalks, and beautifying your garden, are easy ways to be a good neighbour.

Limitation on number of STR owned

No, there are no limitations

Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR

No, there are no specific regulations on hosting events or parties.

Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR

No, there are no specific regulations on hosting events or parties.

Hosting events regulations
Restrictions on number of reservations

No, there are no restrictions

Waste disposal regulations

Yes, there are waste disposal regulations for short-term rentals (STRs) in Waterloo,Canada. Garbage, recycling, and green bins must be stored behind the front of the building and in a secure enclosure. Garbage collection is bi-weekly and recycling and green bin collection is weekly. Tenants should be informed of the collection standards and frequency

Accessibility Requirement

Yes, there are accessibility requirements for short-term rentals (STRs) in Waterloo. STR owners are required to make their properties accessible to guests with disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The ADA requires businesses to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities, provide accessible parking, accessible ramps and entrances, accessible kitchens and bathrooms, accessible furniture and appliances and accessible signage.

waste disposal regulations
Waste disposal regulations

Yes, there are waste disposal regulations for short-term rentals (STRs) in Waterloo,Canada. Garbage, recycling, and green bins must be stored behind the front of the building and in a secure enclosure. Garbage collection is bi-weekly and recycling and green bin collection is weekly. Tenants should be informed of the collection standards and frequency

Emergency Contact Information

Yes, emergency contact information is required for short-term rentals (STRs) in Waterloo. STR owners are required to provide their guests with the following emergency contact information:

- The name and phone number of the STR owner

- The name and phone number of a local contact person who is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies

STR owners are also required to post the emergency contact information in a conspicuous location in the STR.

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