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County updates STA licensing program

October 11, 2022

An updated licensing program for short-term accommodations (STA) is now in effect for Prince Edward County.

County Council approved the changes on September 20, 2022, following an extensive review of the program that included broad consultation with the public and members of the STA community.

Changes to the licensing program have resulted in two categories of STAs: primary residence STAs and secondary residence STAs.

A primary residence STA (formerly known as “owner-occupied”) means a short-term accommodation in which one or two dwelling-units on the property are occupied by accommodated guests and is the owner’s primary residence on their income tax filing and in other government records. This is further defined as:

  • Host on-site for full calendar year
  • Host off-site for (up to 45) total days per calendar year

A secondary residence STA (formerly known as “whole-home”) means an STA in which one or two dwelling-units on the property are entirely occupied by accommodated guests, and is not the owner’s primary residence.

The municipality will no longer issue NEW secondary residence STA licences for applications submitted after September 20, 2022. Applications for secondary residence STAs already in the system will be processed. New licence applications already in the system will be processed according to the licensing by-law that existed at the time of submission.

All secondary residence STAs that are currently licensed can continue to operate and renew their licence. Licensed secondary resident STA properties can be sold and licensed by the new owner as the property has legal non-conforming (“grandfathered”) status, provided there has been no change in the use of the property. Grandfathered secondary residence STAs still have to comply with all life safety and insurance provisions.

As part of the licensing program changes, the municipality approved a revised set of monetary penalties to better encourage compliance with all municipal by-laws and regulations. Click here to view the penalties.

Licence applications and renewals now include a self-attestation to better help the municipality ensure STA operators are complying with Ontario Fire Code regulations.

The County has posted information about each category of STA as well as answers to frequently asked questions on the County website. Inquiries can also be sent by email to or by calling 613.476.2148 extension 2050 or 613.962.9108 extension 2050. The STA Office is receiving a high volume of inquiries at this time. Staff will endeavour to respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.



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