If you own a property or are looking to own a property to list on vacation rental websites the first thing you need to do is confirm that your property can legally be listed as a vacation rental.
Use the below steps to go through the process. If you’re unsure about your property the best thing to do is ask. Lifty Life would be happy to look into the zoning of your property and help you with an paperwork.
Step 1: Check the zoning of you property using the Tofino GIS Portal
- You will need to tick off the “zoning” button which will identify each municipal zone within Tofino
- The legal zones are: R1, R4, RA1, RA2, RA3, A1, A2, A3, A4, and CD(EL) zones, as well as the Fred Tibbs condos.
Step 3: If applicable check the bylaws of your strata to confirm that short term rentals are allowed in your building.
Just because your building is legally zoned for vacation rental does not mean your strata policy will allow you to list. While you at it check the bylaws regarding noise, parking, and pets these policies will be important for when you are building your listing on Airbnb and VRBO.
Step 3: Assuming your zoning is legal the next step is to apply for a business license, the license has a $50 processing fee.
Fill in the two below documents and submit them to the Business License Inspector: Damon Johnson - [email protected]