Milton council approves short-term rentals licensing by-law
Milton Council recently approved a short-term rentals licensing by-law as well as zoning by-law amendments.
At the meeting on June 20, council approved the amendments adding the term “short-term rental” as a definition to the Town’s zoning by-law, along with requiring a certificate of occupancy and including minimum parking requirements on private property.
These amendments come as a result of an increase in the number of short-term rentals operating in Milton, which resulted in the Town undergoing a study to address challenges and explore options on ways to regulate them.
Since short-term rentals are not regulated by provincial or regional policies, some municipalities have developed zoning and licensing requirements for them. For this reason, a zoning by-law amendment was proposed in Milton to recognize short-term rentals in residential areas throughout the Town.
A short-term rental, also commonly known as home-sharing, is considered a type of accommodation where individuals rent out a residence or a portion of it for a short period of time. Usually, this time period is less than 30 days and the spaces are generally rented out through internet platforms such as AirBNB, VRBO and HomeAway.
The Town is currently allowing residents the opportunity to appeal the approval of these amendments.
Those who intend to appeal must file a Notice of Appeal with the Town Clerk, Corporation of the Town of Milton, located at 150 Mary St., Milton ON L9T 6Z5 by 4:30 p.m. on July 12, 2022.
Residents are reminded that only individuals, corporations or public bodies may appeal a decision of the municipality or planning board to the Ontario Land Tribunal.
While a notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group, it may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf.
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