New provincial short-term rental regulations now in effect


Effective May 1, 2024, new Provincial Short-Term Rental requirements come into force. These include:

  • Short-term rentals are only permitted in a primary residence; and,
  • Hosts are required to display a valid City of Nanaimo business licence on their hosting page. This applies to all advertising platforms (AirBnB, VRBO,, etc.).

These requirements are based on the provincial government’s recently adopted Short-Term Rental Accommodation Act, which restricts short-term rentals (STRs). The intent of the Act is to provide stronger tools for municipalities to return more housing units to the long-term rental market. Additional requirements will be coming into effect over the coming year. They include:

Summer 2024

  • Advertising platforms will be required to share short-term rental host data with municipalities and will be required to remove listings where a valid business licence number is not displayed.
  • The Province will provide enforcement and compliance support to municipalities if advertising platforms fail to remove non-compliant host listings.

Late 2024/Early 2025

  • The Province will create a short-term rental registry. All short-term rental operators will be required to register, provide proof of primary residency and display registration number (in addition to the business licence number) in platform advertising.
  • Advertising platforms will be required to remove any host listing that does not display a provincial registration number and a business licence number.

For more information visit the City’s Short-Term Rental webpage, or the Province’s Short-Term Rentals webpage.

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Key Points

  • Earlier this year, the provincial government introduced new legislation that further regulates the operation of short-term rentals in B.C. effective May 1, 2024.
  • The City of Nanaimo reaffirms its dedication to fostering a balanced and sustainable housing market as new provincial short-term rental regulations come into force.
  • These regulations signify a collaborative effort between the city and the province to address housing challenges.


"As the new provincial regulations on short-term rentals take effect, the City of Nanaimo remains committed to ensuring a balanced and sustainable housing market for our residents. These regulations mark a significant step in preserving the character of our neighbourhoods while addressing the housing needs of our community."

City of Nanaimo

Quick Facts

  • The City of Nanaimo defines a short-term rental as the temporary rental (less than 30 consecutive days) of a residence, a portion of the residence (such as a room), a secondary suite, or a carriage house and may or may not include breakfast.




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