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 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?
Applications are processed within two to three business days.
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.