Short-term Rental Licensing

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The City is initiating a conversation on short-term accommodations (i.e. vacation or tourist rentals) in Kingston. Short-term accommodations are private, residential dwellings (or part of dwellings) that are rented to provide sleeping accommodations to a person or persons on a temporary basis (generally less than 28 days, with daily or weekly rates).

Staff is seeking input on potential licensing requirements. This discussion will facilitate a dialogue between the city and the public as staff work to create a short-term rental licensing program that meets the needs of Kingston's residents.

Learn more about short-term rentals.



The City is initiating a conversation on short-term accommodations (i.e. vacation or tourist rentals) in Kingston. Short-term accommodations are private, residential dwellings (or part of dwellings) that are rented to provide sleeping accommodations to a person or persons on a temporary basis (generally less than 28 days, with daily or weekly rates).

Staff is seeking input on potential licensing requirements. This discussion will facilitate a dialogue between the city and the public as staff work to create a short-term rental licensing program that meets the needs of Kingston's residents.

Learn more about short-term rentals.


  • Paige's Planning Blog: Learn about the Supplemental Report on Short-term Rental Licensing

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    5 months ago

    This Thursday, staff will present a supplementary report to the Administrative Policies Committee on short-term rental licensing. This updated program reflects public feedback and provides a solution that aligns with community goals of addressing housing availability, rental-unit safety and quality, nuisance impacts on neighbourhoods and the City’s commitment to fiscal responsibility by way of a municipal accommodation tax (MAT).

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    This Thursday, staff will present a supplementary report to the Administrative Policies Committee on short-term rental licensing. This updated program reflects public feedback and provides a solution that aligns with community goals of addressing housing availability, rental-unit safety and quality, nuisance impacts on neighbourhoods and the City’s commitment to fiscal responsibility by way of a municipal accommodation tax (MAT).

    Read more.

  • Thank you for taking the time to complete the online survey, attend the open house and share your questions and feedback for the City’s proposed short-term rental licensing program.

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    9 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to complete the online survey, attend the open house and share your questions and feedback for the City’s proposed short-term rental licensing program. Staff have compiled the survey results and feedback collected and will be including them as part of the staff report which will be presented to Council on Dec. 3, 2019.

    If you have any additional questions, please contact Kyle Compeau, acting manager of Licensing & Enforcement at kcompeau@cityofkingston.ca or 613-546-5291 ext. 1343.


    Thank you for taking the time to complete the online survey, attend the open house and share your questions and feedback for the City’s proposed short-term rental licensing program. Staff have compiled the survey results and feedback collected and will be including them as part of the staff report which will be presented to Council on Dec. 3, 2019.

    If you have any additional questions, please contact Kyle Compeau, acting manager of Licensing & Enforcement at kcompeau@cityofkingston.ca or 613-546-5291 ext. 1343.


  • Paige's Planning Blog: Why License Short-term Rentals?

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    11 months ago

    The popularity of apps like Airbnb and Vrbo has made it easier than ever for property owners to rent out space on a short-term basis at daily or weekly rates to visitors seeking a place to stay at a competitive rate.

    The popularity of apps like Airbnb and Vrbo has made it easier than ever for property owners to rent out space on a short-term basis at daily or weekly rates to visitors seeking a place to stay at a competitive rate.