In 2020, the City of Calgary introduced a requirement that people wanting to use their property as a short-term rental had to obtain a business licence from the City. On June 6, 2023, the City passed an amendment to the “Business License Bylaw” relating to how short-term rental businesses, such as AirBnb’s or VRBO’s are operated. In addition to including new obligations to provide a fire safety plan and some floor plan-related requirements, the City has also implemented a condition that for all short-term rental businesses operating within a condominium corporation, the applicant for a business licence must provide proof of the condominium board’s consent for the unit, or part thereof, to be used as a short-term rental. The new rules come into effect on January 1, 2024. This will make it harder to receive a business licence for short-term renting in condominiums, and give condominium boards more power to approve or deny these business licence requests.
Further details can be found in the City of Calgary press release.