Short-term rental licencing

Short-term rentals in Guelph are active and growing, with listings in online markets that help connect people looking for short-term rentals with people who want to rent or sublet a space. Unlike hotels and bed and breakfasts, these short-term rentals are operating in Guelph without health and safety, zoning and parking guidelines that many businesses with licences are required to have.
In February 2022, Council approved a staff recommendation to licence short-term rentals. Over the next year, we’ll explore adding short-term rentals to our existing Business Licence Bylaw and would like the community, visitors and businesses to provide input on regulations for short-term rentals in Guelph.

Regulations we’re looking to add could include:

  • Fire inspections
  • Mandated insurance with limits
  • Fees for licencing
  • Acceptable locations and types of facilities that could be rented
  • Accessibility requirements


  • June 2022 – Call for volunteers to the Short-Term Rental Working Group
  • July 2022 – First meeting of the Short-Term Rental Working Group
  • September to October 2022 – Online survey, open office hours and virtual town halls open to Guelph residents and visitors
  • Q2 2023 – Engagement summary releases
  • Q3 2023 – Report to Council

Engagement opportunities

Have your say on short-term rentals

We want to know how businesses, existing short-term rentals, residents and visitors feel about:

  • Community and business concerns or opportunities around short-term rentals
  • Business licencing opportunities and how that’s done in neighbouring communities
  • Impacts of licencing on existing short-term rentals
  • Impacts of restricting short-term rentals to primary residences only
  • Appropriate timing and degree to implement a change

During the engagement period, residents, businesses, visitors and short-term rental owners are invited to fill out an online survey, attend open office hours with staff to ask questions and provide feedback and attend virtual or in-person open houses to learn more about the review.

Working group

A working group is being assembled made up of residents that own or rent property, owners of hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts, owners of unregulated short-term rentals including Air BNB, vrbo and others, business owners impacted by tourism (including restaurants and entertainment venues), community agencies affected by regulation of short-term rentals like the Guelph Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Guelph Business Association. The working group is not a decision-making body.

Volunteers of the working groups meet at least five times throughout summer 2022 to understand current issues and interests of all stakeholders, prior to opening the conversation up to residents and visitors of Guelph.

Working group terms of reference


Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT)

For more information

Scott Green, Manager
Corporate and Community Safety, Operations
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3475
[email protected]