Short-Term Rental Accommodations (STRs) allow for residents to offer a place of accommodation or temporary residence through online platforms like Airbnb, VRBO, Kijiji etc.
Council passed By-law 22-017 on August 11th, 2022 to regulate STRs within the Township. For background information please visit the accordion below titled: Council Reports, Presentations and Background Information.
The Short-Term Rental Accommodation licensing program was initiated by the Township of Tiny to address community concerns and to ensure all rentals operate safely in accordance with the Short-Term Rental By-law 22-017, the Fire Protection Standards, the Ontario Building Code and Township By-laws. Residents and property owners who wish to rent their property for a period of 28 days or less are required to obtain a licence.
Applications are being accepted between October 4th to November 15th, 2022. No new applications will be accepted after November 15th 2022, until the number of licences issued falls below 300.
08 23 2022 Press Release - Short-Term Rental Accommodation Licensing Program
09 26 2022 Letter to Short-Term Rental Operators - Notice 1
09 28 2022 Press Release - Township of Tiny partners with Granicus/Host Compliance for the Short-Term Rental Licensing Program
Step 1 -Preparing for your Application
a. Please review By-law 22-017 in advance of applying.
b. Print off and complete the following required documents for applying.
c. Documents must be ready to be uploaded as a PDF when you complete Step 2 of the application process.
- Name and Contact Information for the property owner(s) and Responsible Person as defined in section 2.26 & 6.1. j.)
- Proof of Ownership (Tax Notice or Proof of Title)
- Site Diagram (example)
- Floor Plan (example)
- Attestation Form
- Residential Owner Affidavit
- Corporate Owner Affidavit (if applicable)
- Certificate of Insurance -see details
- Licensee Code of Conduct & Acknowledgment Schedule "B"
- Have a Credit Card ready for the non-refundable Application Fee of $1,500.00. (Plus applicable service fees).
Step 2 -Application for your Licence
Between October 4th and November 15th, 2022:
To be part of the process and considered for a licence, you must apply between October 4th and November 15th, 2022. Please click the below link to complete the online application form and upload the documents outlined in Step 1. At the end of this process you will be required to pay the non-refundable Application Fee of $1,500.00. (Plus applicable service fees).
No new applications will accepted after November 15th, 2022 until the total number of active licences has fallen below 300 in the municipality.
LINK TO ONLINE APPLICATION TO BE PROVIDED HERE BETWEEN OCTOBER 4TH AND NOVEMBER 15TH, 2022
Step 3 -Additional Supplemental Documents
Once Step 2 has been completed, you are now in the process to be considered for a licence. However, additional supplemental documents are required to support your application. Applicants are required to obtain and provide the following additional information:
- Electrical Inspection Report
Please contact a Licensed Electrical Contracting (LEC) business to perform an Electrical System Safety Assessment. An Electrical System Safety Assessment is a review of your home's electrical wiring and/or devices to identify potential electrical hazards that could lead to a fire and/or shock. The report required is to be dated less than 5 years old. Please upload the completed inspection report when completed. More details
- HVAC Inspection Report (if applicable)
Please contact an HVAC Technician to perform and assessment of your HVAC system to identify any concerns. Please upload the completed inspection report when completed.
- WETT Report (if applicable)
A Wood Energy Technical Transfer report dated less than 5 years old, issued by a certified WETT inspector is required. Please upload the completed inspection report when completed.
- Annual inspection report of chimney, flue pipes etc. (if applicable)
Please contact a WETT certified inspector to complete a yearly inspection of the chimney, flue pipes etc. and conduct a chimney sweep to ensure they are safe to be utilized. Please upload the completed inspection report when completed.
Step 4 -Application Review
Licensing, Fire and Building Department staff will be reviewing the information submitted, to confirm compliance. Should the application be missing information or not conforming to a regulation or by-law, the applicant will be advised of the required amendments or additions required. Applicants will be given the opportunity to update the application or provide any missing documentation.
Step 5 -Township Inspections
Once Step 4 of the application has been completed, the applicant will be advised to contact the Fire Department for the onsite inspection. The following Guide has been prepared to assist property owners in preparing for the inspection:
Step 6 -Approval
Should all inspections result in compliance, and all requirements be met, the Licensing Officer will provide Approval in writing and a Licence will be issued until December 31, 2023. Once the licence is issued, the Licensee will be responsible for the maintenance of Monthly Fire Extinguisher Inspections, Maintenance Records and Tests for all Smoke and CO Alarms, the Guest Register and the Renters Code of Conduct. These documents can be found in the Additional Documents Folder of this webpage.
- Attestation Form
- Residential Owner Affidavit
- Corporate Owner Affidavit
- Certificate of Insurance Document
- Fire Safety and your Rental Property
- Maintenance Records and Tests for all Smoke and CO Alarms
- Monthly Fire Extinguisher Inspection Report
- Guest Registry
- Site Diagram Example
- Floor Plan Example
- Renters Code of Conduct Schedule "A"
- Licensee Code of Conduct & Acknowledgment Schedule "B"
Licensees may apply for renewal of their Licence every year. Details regarding the renewal process will become available in the Fall of 2023. However, no new Licences will be issued until the number of Licences in the Township fall below 300, after which the number of Licences shall not exceed 300.
Where the Licensing Officer has denied an Applicant a Licence, a renewal of a Licence, or has suspended or revoked a Licence, the Licensing Officer shall inform the Applicant or Licensee by way of written notice setting forth the grounds for the decision with reasonable particulars and shall advise of the right to appeal such decision to the Committee.
An Owner may appeal to the Committee in relation to a matter set forth in a notice delivered. Appeals will not be permitted for the issuance of demerit points until they have resulted in the suspension or revocation of a Licence. Appeals will not be permitted for any matters that have already been heard by the Committee.
A request for an appeal must be made in writing to the Licensing Officer within 14 business days of service of the written notice and must include the required appeal fee of $500.00.
The Licensee and Renters Code of Conduct have been prepared by the Township to prescribe the roles and responsibilities of the Licensee, Responsible Person, Renters and Guests, including but not limited to: behavioural expectations as they relate to non-disturbance of neighbours; compliance with applicable Township by-laws, and adherence to the provisions of the Short-Term Rental Accommodation By-law 22-017. The Renter Code of Conduct must be completed upon every rental of the Premises.
A Demerit Point System has been established to enforce the Short-Term Rental By-law or any other by-laws of the Township, provincial act or regulation, including, but not limited to, actions pursuant to the Building Code Act, Fire Protection and Prevention Act, and the Provincial Offences Act.
A Licence may be suspended for a period of six months if the total Demerit Points in effect respecting a Short-Term Rental Accommodation is seven or more.
A Licence may be revoked if the total of all Demerit Points in effect respecting a Short-Term Rental Accommodation is fifteen or more.
Demerit Points shall remain in place until the two-year anniversary of the date of which the Demerit Points were assessed.
For complete details on the Demerit Point system and the Infraction list, please see Schedule "C" of the Short-Term Rental By-law.
The Township has passed an Official Plan Amendment and a Zoning By-law Amendment relative to STRs. For more information, please click on the link below:
Notice of Adoption of Official Plan Amendment No. 2 - Short Term Rental Accommodations | Township of Tiny
The Township Zoning By-law amendment permits STRs in any zone that allows for a dwelling as a permitted use. The following zones would permit a STR:
- Shoreline Residential (SR)
- Limited Services Residential (LSR)
- Hamlet Residential One (HR1)
- Hamlet Residential Two (HR2)
- Rural Residential (RR)
- Country Residential (CR)
- Rural (RU)
- Agricultural (A)
- Urban Fringe (UF)
- Greenbelt (GB)
- Future Development (FD)
To confirm what your property is zoned, please use our Zoning Interactive Map and click on the link below:
The Zoning By-law Amendment does not permit a STR use in any accessory building or structure including a Bunkie. In addition, the Zoning By-law Amendment provides for a minimum parking requirement for a STR of one (1) parking space per every two (2) bedrooms. In the case of an odd number of bedrooms, the minimum parking requirement shall be based on the next even number. For example, the required parking for a 3 bedroom house is 2 parking spaces.
One of the requirements of the new STR program is compliance with the Ontario Building Code. As part of the review of STR License applications, the Building Department will be reviewing the information submitted with the application to do the following:
- Confirm that the submitted Floor Plan and Site Diagram match the Township records (including the sewage system records)
- Confirm that there are no outstanding inspections on open Building Permit
- Confirm that there are no outstanding Ontario Building Code Orders or complaints (including compliance with the Township Sewage System Re-inspection Program)
Important dates and information:
- Building permit required as of November 4, 1966
- Occupancy permit required as of October 26th 1986
- Sheds not exceeding more than 161 sq. ft and other structures not exceeding 108 sq. ft do not require building permits but must comply with the Township Zoning By-law
Practice home safety in rentals just like you do at home. Make sure:
- Everyone knows the address of the rental
- Everyone knows two ways out of every room, and out of the rental
- All doors and windows that lead outside can be easily opened
- To choose an outside meeting place a safe distance from the rental where everyone can meet and be accounted for
For more information on fire safety and emergency planning, please visit the Fire Prevention and Public Education Webpage.
Applicants are required to be in compliance with the the Ontario Building Code Act, 1992, S.O. 1992 c.23; including Sewage System. Inspections completed by the Building Department will include the review and inspection of the Sewage System.
Owners of Dwelling Units on Private Sewage Disposal Systems should note that the maximum occupancy of a Short-Term Rental Accommodation is based on a maximum of two persons per Bedroom. Exceeding the maximum occupancy may result in the malfunctioning of the septic system and pollution of the ground water system.
Please familiarize yourself and your Guests with the provisions that have been made for waste management and the day of the week in which waste collection is scheduled. It should be noted that the "putting out" of waste on a non-scheduled day is regulated by the County of Simcoe Waste Management By-law. Waste collection information and pick up times are available on the County of Simcoe's website.
In response to a number of concerns raised by the community, Council passed a by-law on August 11th, 2022 to regulate STRs within the Township. Prior to the passage of the licensing by-law, Council reviewed reports, legal opinions and public feedback. For more information on the background process of the Short-Term Rental By-law, please see our Short-Term Rental Background Information.
Short-Term Rental Accommodation Licence Status
After November 15th, 2022 the below map will provide the status of Short-Term Rental Accommodation Applications and Licences. Additionally, a list with the responsible person for each property and their contact information will also be available.