Anyone offering temporary accommodation in their principle or secondary residence, part of the residence, or a single room within the residence for a fee for a period of less than thirty (30) days is required to have a residential short term accommodation licence. Emergency shelters operated by non-profit organizations or government institutions are exempt.
Licence Categories & Fees
There are two categories of residential short term accommodation licences issued by the City of Regina. Residential short term accommodation licences are valid for one year from date of purchase and must be renewed on an annual basis.
Principal Residence Unit Licence
A principal residence unit means the usual dwelling unit where an individual lives, makes their home and conducts their daily affairs.
Fees: The short term accommodation licence fee for a principal residence is $100 annually
Secondary Property Licence
A secondary property is any unit that is not the principal residence unit.
Fees: The short term accommodation licence fee for a secondary property is $300 annually
Licensing fees are non-refundable.
Effective May 1, 2021 all residential short term accommodation providers will need to obtain a licence.
The residential short term accommodation licence number is required on all advertising and marketing, including online platforms, for the short term accommodation.
You must display your licence where it can be seen by individuals using the residential short term accommodation. You cannot alter, deface, or reproduce your licence. A licence is not transferable from one person to another or from one premise to another. A residential short term accommodation licence is required for each residence.
The City can revoke your residential short term accommodation licence if you contravene any section of The Residential Short Term Accommodation Licensing Bylaw.
Complete application form in full: Applicants must provide name, address and contact information, address of the short term accommodation, building type, name and/or URL where the short term accommodation will be marketed, and proof of principle residence and names of all adult persons that reside in the principle residence (if applicable).
Consent: If you are renting or leasing the property where a short term accommodation will be operating, written consent from the property owner is required through the Landlord Consent Form.
Corporation Documents: If the applicant is a corporation, proof of registration of a corporation with the Corporate Registry (Saskatchewan) or equivalent federal or provincial registry must be submitted.
Fire Inspection: A fire inspection is required with the initial application for all secondary property units. Click More Information to view the inspectable items required for Residential Short Term Rental Accommodations:
- Post a fire safety plan by the main entrance of the Short Term Rental Accommodation.
- Have or install interconnected smoke alarms with a battery back up adjacent to sleeping rooms served by a common hallway, and for sleeping rooms not served by a common hallway, an addition hard wired smoke alarm shall be installed adjacent to the room.
- Have or install a fire extinguisher on each floor of the Short Term Rental Accommodation.
- Have or install carbon monoxide detectors on each floor where the dwelling contains one or more gas-fired appliances.
- Have all fire extinguishers in the dwelling unit inspected and tested annually, and keep a written record of such inspections and tests.
- Maintain all smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors in the dwelling unit in working order, maintain a log on all devices and have it readily available on demand for review by the fire inspector.
- Install a 10-year lithium smoke alarm on each level of the dwelling where there are no sleeping rooms and no hardwired smoke alarms.
- Test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms monthly or as per the manufacturer's recommendations.
- No cooking appliances shall be allowed within any sleeping room.
- Bedroom windows in all sleeping rooms must meet the size requirements of part 9 of the National Building Code.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get a Residential Short Term Accommodation Licence?
Please allow between two to four weeks for processing.
Will I need to purchase a residential business licence in additional to the residential short term accommodation licence?
No, a person applying for a residential short term accommodation licence is not required to apply for a residential business licence.
What is the cost of a Residential Short Term Accommodation Licence?
- The fee for a principal residence unit is $100 annually
- The fee for a secondary property is $300 annually
How long is a Residential Short Term Accommodation Licence valid for?
Residential short term accommodation licences are valid for one year from date of purchase and must be renewed annually.
How do I renew my Residential Short Term Accommodation Licence?
Residential short term accommodation licence renewals are sent one month prior to expiry. Renewals may be paid online, by mail, phone or in person at City Hall.