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Prospective STA Owners & Operators

Prince Edward County has become one of Ontario’s most popular tourist destinations. Many visitors enjoy staying in short-term accommodations as well as bed and breakfast establishments. Changing consumer demands also mean that non-traditional short-term accommodations are gaining in popularity.

The municipality is committed to implementing reasonable regulations that limit the growth of short-term accommodations in saturated areas and encourage new short-term accommodations in appropriate areas and in appropriate densities. Furthermore, the municipality wants to ensure the safe and respectful operation of short-term accommodations in the interest of all residents and visitors.

Licensing pause on new whole-home STAs: In June 2021, Council indefinitely extended a licensing pause on whole-home STAs. The licensing pause has been lifted for bed and breakfast establishments and owner-occupied STAs. For definitions of these terms, please review By-Law 108-2021The licensing pause will give the municipality time to complete a study on the impact that STAs and the licensing program are having on affordable housing in The County. The results of that study are expected in the Fall of 2021. The pause on licensing new whole-home STAs will last at least until the study can be considered alongside any changes or revisions to the licensing program. 

Frequently Asked Questions

All new STAs are subject to the regulations contained within the Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments. Most notably, new whole-home short-term accommodations without permanent residents on-site are subject to density limitations.

STAs without a primary long-term resident are limited to a maximum density of 15% of existing dwelling units:

  • As measured within a 120 metre radius in settlement areas on full services;
    – In the Hamlet/Residential Zone, a 220-metre radius;
    – In other zones/areas, a 500-metre radius.

Please note: In June 2021, Council indefinitely extended a licensing pause on whole-home STAs. The licensing pause has been lifted for bed and breakfast establishments and owner-occupied STAs. The pause will give the municipality time to complete a study on the impact that STAs and the licensing program are having on affordable housing in The County. The results of that study are expected in the Fall of 2021. The pause on licensing new whole-home STAs will last at least until the study can be considered alongside any changes or revisions to the licensing program.

For a definition of “whole home STA” please review By-Law 108-2021.

As a buyer, you must do your due diligence to determine if an STA would be permissible on the property you wish to purchase. Contact the STA office to inquire about density limits in the area of your property.

No. Bed and breakfast establishments and other short-term accommodations that serve as the principal residence for an owner or other long-term resident on the same property are not subject to the density limits.

The legal non-conforming or “grandfathered” status stays with the property even if it is sold, provided there has been no change in the use of the property and the license of the previous owner has not expired. A new owner would still be required to obtain their own license to continue operating a short-term accommodation on the property, immediately once the completion date on the purchase agreement has passed.  

Contact Us

We encourage prospective buyers to contact the County of Prince Edward Planning Department to confirm their ability to establish an STA on a specific property. If you require more information or have specific questions regarding your property or situation, please call 613.476.2148 ext. 2050, 613.962.9108 ext. 2050, or stalicences@pecounty.on.ca.