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Lake Country Approves Vacation Rental ZoningDistrict of Lake Country
LAKE COUNTRY - Businesses like AirBnB and HomeAway may now operate legally in the District.
Following extensive community engagement starting in 2015, Council approved Zoning Bylaw changes that allow for short term vacation rentals to legally operate in certain zones.
“Council aimed to preserve neighbourhood character, while balancing the need for rental housing and tourism development,” said Mayor James Baker. “With this zoning amendment we aimed to meet the needs of the community.”
Short Term Vacation Rentals must operate from a principal residence and may be established in many of the same zones where Bed & Breakfasts have long been allowed.
“We know that at any given time there are 150-300 short term vacation rentals in Lake Country,” reports Jamie McEwan, Community Development Manager. “Tourists are looking for this kind of accommodation, particularly in communities with fewer options. We also know, based on what we heard from the community, that residents are open to these changes. These amendments make it easier for vacation rentals to operate in Lake Country and strive to ensure that tourism is a net benefit to the community.”
Becoming licensed is free in your first calendar year of operation as a business. Licensing includes proof of fire and safety requirements that tourists are increasingly wishing to verify. Visitors to communities can seek out short term vacation rentals that are fully licensed.
To find out if you can open a Short Term Vacation Rental business on your property, contact the Community Services Department. You can also find out more on the District’s website www.lakecountry.bc.ca.
For more information contact:
Jamie McEwan, Community Development Manager