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Short-term home rentals provide temporary accommodations for renters and tourists ranging from one night to several months.

Short-Term Rental Types

The business model for short-term rentals is usually one of two types: rental of an entire dwelling, or rental of an individual room or space in a home where the host lives.

In many cases, short-term rentals are listed on multiple websites and operated by the property owner or a tenant. 

Zoning and Licensing

Hosts planning to rent rooms within their residence as a short-term rental must first obtain a Development Permit and Business Licence for a Major Home-Based Business - Bed and Breakfast Operation. The development permit requires that the host must be living in the residence. 

Bed and Breakfast Operations

As a Bed and Breakfast Operation, the host may provide temporary accommodations for up to two individual guest rooms, with or without meals, and an additional parking stall per guest room must be provided on the property.

If food is provided to guests, a Food Handling Permit must be obtained from Alberta Health Services, and a Building Permit is required if any meals involve grease cooking. Cooking facilities shall not be located within the guest room.

Secondary or Garden Suites

Hosts who are planning to develop a Secondary Suite or Garden Suite must also obtain a Development Permit and Building Permit before any construction can take place. A Building Permit is also required for any residential construction inside the home to accommodate a short-term rental, such as adding a new bedroom or finishing a basement. 

Business Licence Requirements

Some hosts have more than one property they are renting as a short-term rental. If a host is renting three or more dwellings on the same property, a Business Licence for Rental Accommodations is required. 

For Neighbours

Short term rentals are becoming more popular. While they offer many benefits to Edmonton, it is also important that hosts and guests are respectful of their neighbours.

Parking

Everyone has the right to park on City-owned streets, even if it’s right in front of your house. Streets are a shared resource that all Edmontonians and guests have access to.

Common parking infractions include:

  • Parked for 72 hours without moving the vehicle
  • Parked too close to driveway: vehicles must be at least 1.5 meters away from a driveway
  • Parked too close to intersection, fire hydrant, crosswalk, stop sign and yield sign: vehicles must be at least 5 meters away
  • Illegal parking on private property: cars can only be parked on an approved parking location such as a driveway or garage, not on any landscaped areas
  • Illegal parking on boulevard: no parking or vehicle overhang on any portion of a boulevard 
  • Illegal parking on a curb crossing: no parking or vehicle overhang on any square top curbs

Please report vehicles only if there is a parking infraction.

Waste Disposal

Garbage and blue bags must be out by 7am on your waste disposal day.  

If you have a concern about garbage storage, please call 311.

Maintenance

Keeping property in good repair is the responsibility of every property owner. Common nuisance conditions include:

  • Grass longer than 10cm
  • Garbage and loose litter

The City's nuisance conditions web page has more information.

Noise

Construction Noise

The Community Standards Bylaw regulates noise in the community. Noise is sound that disturbs your peace, comfort, or rest, or affects the safety or health of citizens.

Noise from construction work is only permitted:

  • Monday through Saturday: 7am-9pm
  • Sunday and Holidays: 9am-7pm

Neighbour Noise

The Edmonton Police Service, at 780-423-4567, enforces noise from people or vehicles such as stunting, honking, or stereos.

Filing a Complaint

If you have a concern about a short term rental property, please call 311 or file a complaint online.

For Hosts

Hosting offers rich experiences, but it comes with a certain level of commitment. Ensure your guests are properly informed of common bylaws.

Parking

Guests are legally allowed to park in the residential neighbourhoods on any City-owned street.

Any vehicle can park in a residential area as long as it moves every 72 hours and obeys all traffic signage.

Waste Pickup

Please inform your guests of their waste collection day. Garbage and blue bags must be out by 7am.

If your guest is leaving your property and it is NOT your collection day, please make arrangements with your guest to have the garbage properly disposed of.

Maintenance

Keeping property in good repair is the responsibility of every property owner.  

Common nuisance conditions include:

  • Grass longer than 10cm
  • Garbage and loose litter

The City's nuisance conditions web page has more information.

Noise

Please remind your guests to be mindful of your neighbours by keeping excessive noise to a minimum.

Information Pamphlets

The City of Edmonton has information that can be given directly to guests. If you are interested, please fill out this form

For Guests

Here are some quick tips to make the most out of your stay in Edmonton.

Parking

You are legally allowed to park in the residential neighbourhoods on any City-owned street.

Any vehicle can park in a residential area as long as it moves every 72 hours and obeys all traffic signage.

Please park legally. Common parking infractions include:

  • Parked too close to driveway: vehicles must be at least 1.5 meters away from a driveway
  • Parked too close to intersection, fire hydrant, crosswalk, stop sign and yield sign: vehicles must be at least 5 meters away
  • Illegal parking on private property: cars can only be parked on an approved parking location such as a driveway or garage, not on any landscaped areas
  • Illegal parking on boulevard: no parking or vehicle overhang on any portion of a boulevard
  • Illegal parking on a curb crossing: no parking or vehicle overhang on any square top curbs

Waste Pickup

Visit our garbage and recycling collection page to learn your collection day. Garbage and blue bags must be out by 7am.  
 
If you are leaving your rental property and it is NOT your collection day, please make arrangements with your host to have the garbage properly disposed of.
 
Household hazardous waste and bulky items should be taken to an Eco Station or to the Edmonton Waste Management Centre for proper disposal.

Any sharp objects must be placed in a box labelled ‘sharp.’ All bags must not weigh more than 20kg. 

If you have front street collection:

  • Place your garbage at the curb
  • Remember to park your vehicle in your driveway
  • If there's road construction, put your waste where it is accessible

If your collection is in your rear lane:

  • Place the garbage at the rear property line
  • Ensure the waste cans are easily accessible
  • If there is construction in the lane, place your waste at the front curb

Recycling

Please separate your garbage from your recycling.

Garbage includes:

  • Food waste
  • Smaller worn-out household items and yard waste

Please put your recyclable items in your blue bag such as:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Tin cans
  • Glass
  • Plastic jars and bottles

Noise

Please be mindful of your neighbours by keeping excessive noise to a minimum.

Any noise complaint from people or vehicles such as stunting, honking, or stereos, goes to Edmonton Police Service

For More Information

Edmonton Service Centre

2nd Floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0J4

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday
8am to 4:30pm

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email developmentservices@edmonton.ca

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