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.