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Secondary Residence Short-Term Accommodations

A secondary residence short-term accommodation (STA) (originally 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.

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Rules and Regulations

Under amendments to By-Law 108-2021,  the County of Prince Edward will no longer issue NEW secondary residence STA licences for applications submitted after September 20, 2022. Applications 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, and will be processed as of the original submission date.

All secondary residence STAs that are currently licensed can continue to operate and renew their licence.

Licensed STA properties can be sold and licensed by the new owner as the property has legal non-conforming (“grandfathered”) status. Grandfathered secondary residence STAs still have to comply with all current Fire Code, Building Code, life safety and insurance provisions. The new owners of a grandfathered STA can apply for a licence to continue that use as long as they continue to establish that they have a legal non-conforming use (i.e. the floorplan of the building has not changed, new bedrooms have not been added).

Application Guide for Renewing Secondary Residence STA Licence

Download and fill out the application package, which includes:

  • Checklist to ensure you are submitting a complete application package. (Applications will not be processed unless a complete application is submitted with all supporting documentation).
  • Application form
  • Fire safety self-attestation form 
  • Proof (receipts) that the property was used prior to October 2018 or within the past 24 months as an STA.
  • Example of site plan drawing required to be submitted with application
  • Municipal Accommodation Tax remittance form
  • List of criteria for accessible units in short-term accommodations

Applicants can submit their applications:

  • Online through the County website 
  • By email sta@pecounty.on.ca. (Email attachments can be no larger than 10MB total per email)
  • In person at the Edward Building, 280 Picton Main Street, Picton
  • By mail to the County of Prince Edward, 332 Picton Main Street, Picton, ON, K0K 2T0

Once the applicant has submitted all of the documents, the application will be circulated internally for review.

  • The Planning Department will review to ensure zoning by-law compliance. Zoning compliance will look at the current zoning on a property and ensure that using the residential dwelling as an STA complies with provisions and that the property complies with the legal non-conforming ‘grandfathered’ status.
  • The Building Department will review to ensure Building Code compliance. Building will ensure that the septic capacity is large enough to support the number of bedrooms and bathrooms on the property; ensure fire safety compliance is met if necessary; and ensures that all dwellings have been built with legal permits and checks during the process to ensure compliance with Ontario Building Code.
  • The Fire Department will review to ensure Fire Code compliance is required: this would include fire safety escape plans; fire exits and general life safety.

The municipality may refuse to issue or revoke a licence if one or more of the following circumstances are met:

  • If the information submitted on the application is incomplete, incorrect, false, or misleading
  • If all the required taxes, fees, administrative monetary penalties, Provincial Offences, or municipal charges have not been paid; as well, if a licence has been previously revoked, suspended, made subject to special condition(s) or has presented a history of contravention with the STA licensing by-law or other County by-laws
  • If the applicant is in breach of any provisions of the STA licensing by-law or the STA does not comply with any provision of the STA licensing by-law or any other County by-laws or regulations
  • If the applicant refuses to comply with any notice of violation within 72 hours.

The municipality shall refuse or revoke a licence when any of the following by-law provisions are in breach:

  • Where the property has orders under the Ontario Building Code or the Ontario Fire Code, or provisions in the Property Standards By-Law, as amended, or the Zoning By-Law
  • If the property is subject to tax arrears.

Once an application has progressed through all department compliance checks and is deemed able to continue, the STA Office will create an invoice and email it to the address provided on the application.

Payment can be made:

  • Through the County website.
    In the “Community Group” field, please put your customer ID.
    In the “Event” field, please put your ST number (as shown on the invoice)
  • Through online banking as a bill payment:
    Payee: Prince Edward (search and select rental)
    Account: Customer ID (as shown on the invoice)
  • In person:
    280 Picton Main Street, Suite 103. Please bring copy of invoice

Once payment has been remitted and applied to the property owner’s account, the STA office will reach out by email with a date for inspection. It is important to confirm the appointment time or to advise the STA office if there is a conflict as soon as possible.

By-law enforcement officers will inspect the property to ensure compliance with all municipal by-laws and provincial legislation. 

Inspectors will be checking to ensure site and floor plans submitted in your application are correct; requirements for fire safety are in place (smoke detectors in each bedroom, CO2 detector on each level and a 2.5lb ABC fire extinguisher on each level); and that general safety is in place.

If the property passes the inspection and does not contravene any provincial legislation or municipal by-laws or have any outstanding fines/invoices the municipality will issue a licence.

The following shall be made available to renters of the STA:

  • A copy of the current licence displayed interior to the STA dwelling and available for inspection by County staff
  • A copy of the approved floor plans of the STA identifying at a minimum, but not limited to, the guest rooms, exits, fire escape routes, primary owner bedroom, storage areas, and guest rooms
  • A copy of the current municipal Noise By-Law
  • A copy of the site plan showing the parking spots for STA guests

The owner or operator of an STA must ensure that any advertisement (website, digital booking platform or other promotional materials) includes, in an easy to find location, the corresponding licence number of the advertised STA, as issued by the municipality.

Application Guide for Acquiring a Licence for a Grandfathered Secondary Residence STA

Download and fill out the application package, which includes:

  • Checklist to ensure you are submitting a complete application package. (Applications will not be processed unless a complete application is submitted with all supporting documentation).
  • Application form
  • Fire safety self-attestation form 
  • Municipal Accommodation Tax confirmation of remittance
  • List of criteria for accessible units in short-term accommodations

Applicants can submit their applications:

  • Through the County website
  • By email sta@pecounty.on.ca (Email attachments can be no larger than 10MB total per email)
  • In person at the Edward Building, 280 Picton Main Street, Picton
  • By mail to the County of Prince Edward, 332 Picton Main Street, Picton, ON, K0K 2T0

Once the applicant has submitted all of the documents, the application may be circulated internally for review.

  • The Building Department may review to ensure Building Code compliance
  • The Fire Department may review to ensure Fire Code compliance

The municipality may refuse to issue or revoke a licence if one or more of the following circumstances are met:

  • If the information submitted on the application is incomplete, incorrect, false, or misleading
  • If all the required taxes, fees, administrative monetary penalties, Provincial Offences, or municipal charges have not been paid; also, if a licence has been previously revoked, suspended, made subject to special condition(s) or has presented a history of contravention with this or other County by-laws
  • If the applicant is in breach of any provisions of the STA licensing by-law or the STA does not comply with any provision of the STA licensing by-law or any other County by-laws or regulations
  • If the applicant refuses to comply with any notice of violation within 72 hours.

The municipality shall refuse or revoke a licence when any of the following by-law provisions are in breach:

  • If the property has orders under the Ontario Building Code or the Ontario Fire Code, or provisions in the Property Standards By-Law, as amended, or the Zoning By-Law
  • If the property is subject to tax arrears

Once an application has progressed through all department compliance checks and is deemed able to continue, the STA Office will create an invoice and email it to the address provided on the application.

Payment can be made:

  • Through the County website.
    In the “Community Group” field, please put your customer ID.
    In the “Event” field, please put your ST number (as shown on the invoice)
  • Through online banking as a bill payment:
    Payee: Prince Edward (search and select rental)
    Account: Customer ID (as shown on the invoice)
  • In person:
    280 Picton Main Street, Suite 103. Please bring copy of invoice

Once payment has been remitted and applied to the property owner’s account, the STA office will reach out by email with a date for inspection. Please note: inspections are required every second year.

It is important to confirm the appointment time or to advise the STA office if there is a conflict as soon as possible.

If the property passes the inspection and does not contravene any provincial legislation or municipal by-laws, or have any outstanding fines/invoices, the municipality will issue a licence. 

The following shall be made available to renters of the STA:

  • A copy of the current licence displayed interior to the STA dwelling and available for inspection by County staff
  • A copy of the approved floor plans of the STA identifying at a minimum, but not limited to, the guest rooms, exits, fire escape routes, primary owner bedroom, storage areas, and guest rooms
  • A copy of the current municipal Noise By-Law
  • A copy of the site plan showing parking spots for STA guests

The owner or operator of an STA must ensure that any advertisement (website, digital booking platform or other promotional materials) includes, in an easy to find location, the corresponding licence number of the advertised STA, as issued by the municipality.

Administrative Monetary Penalties

The County will issue Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMP) for violations related to short-term accommodations if found to be in violation.

Fees are as follows:

Operating without a licence: $10,000 first offence; $15,000 second offence; $20,000 offence thereafter

Advertising STA without a licence: $2,000 first offence; $4,000 second offence; $8,000 offence thereafter

Fail to provide copies of required documents: $100 first offence; $200 second offence; $400 offence thereafter

Fail to display STA licence number on STA advertisement: $1,000 first offence; $2,000 second offence; $4,000 offence thereafter

Hosting non-permitted events: $500 first offence; $1,000 second offence; $2,000 offence thereafter

Change or operate STA other than as approved: $1,000 first offence; $2,000 second offence; $4,000 offence thereafter

Refusing a by-law enforcement officer entry for inspection: $300 first offence; $500 second offence; $1,000 offence thereafter

Accessibility

The County encourages STA owners and operators to remove barriers for people with disabilities wherever possible.

Owners and operators can voluntarily provide information about the accessibility features of their STAs when submitting a new or renewal application. The municipality is gathering this information to inform any future programs to incentivize more accessible STAs.

The Accessibility Advisory Committee has drafted a checklist to help owners and operators make their STAs accessible. 

Municipal Accommodation Tax

The County has implemented a Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT). The MAT is applicable to any roofed accommodation with guests staying for less than 30 consecutive days (e.g. short-term accommodations, hotels, motels, inns, vacation rentals, bed and breakfast establishments, etc.). Exclusions include tents, RVs, hospital stays, and more, as detailed in the legislation. 

Click here to learn more about the MAT and how you collect and remit the tax

Additional Information

Contact us

If you require further information, contact the County at 613.476.2148 extension 2050, 613.962.9108 extension 2050, or sta@pecounty.on.ca.