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Short term rentals on the sunshine coast

There is growing concern regarding the possible impacts of Short Term Rentals (STR), notably noise and reducing neighbourhood/community feel. Recently concerns have been raised in many jurisdictions that STRs reduce the supply of affordable rental housing. However there are positive impacts such as increasing the supply of tourist accommodation and assisting property owners to earn income to offset housing costs.

There is no single source of information with respect to how many STRs are currently active or specific data regarding the actual benefits and impacts are in our communities. With more specific information gathered, an informed conversation can take place about what next steps may be needed to support STRs as well as address or protect from community impacts.

Community Engagement

Staff conducted a series of three public information meetings on the affordable housing and short term rentals policy projects in November 2017. The Public Participation Report was considered at the February 8, 2018 Planning and Community Development Committee and is available here.


At the March 8, 2018, Planning and Community Development Committee a report was considered that provided staff’s analysis of public engagement feedback and provided options for moving forward; it is available here.

Information can be obtained by emailing

Frequently Asked Questions regarding STRs can be found here.
Staff will update the frequently asked question page as comments are received.

Staff reports on STRs can be found here:

June 21, 2012 PDC Report and Board Resolution

September 27, 2012 PDC Report and Board Resolution

February 9, 2017 PCD Report Re: Short Term Vacation Rentals

May 11, 2017 PCD Report Re: Short Term Rental Engagement