Lambton Shores launches public consultation on short-term rentals

The Municipality of Lambton Shores is requesting public input on the matter of short-term rentals within the community. The aim of the consultation process is to identify both benefits and concerns associated with short-term rentals and investigate how any identified issues could be addressed through a short-term rental regulatory program.

As part of the consultation process, the Municipality is asking the public to take part in an online survey, which is available until the end of September. Additional consultation efforts, including stakeholder interviews and a public information centre, will take place in the coming months. The information will be considered by Council later in the fall.

“We want to make sure that we identify both the positive and negative impacts of short-term rentals within the Lambton Shores community,” said Mayor Bill Weber. “By gathering this information, we can be sure that Council makes an informed decision on short-term rental licensing and zoning regulation options.”

Short-term rentals are generally defined as rentals taking place for a period of 29 days or less that fall outside of the traditional commercial accommodations such as hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast establishments. They can occur in various forms of residential dwellings such as cottages, single-detached, semi-detached, or apartment dwellings.

The current by-laws contain a definition and zone provisions specific to Bed and Breakfast Establishments. Otherwise, the zoning by-law contains no provisions or definitions that would distinguish a dwelling unit being used as a short-term rental from any other. The use of short-term rentals has grown substantially in recent years, along with the inventory of rentals within Lambton Shores. Data provided by Tourism Sarnia-Lambton suggests there are at least 235 unique short-term rental units in Lambton Shores, however, advertising forums indicate that this number could be higher.

The consultation process is expected to conclude in the fall of 2021, with results and regulatory options provided for Council consideration in early winter 2021. More information about the public consultation, including a link to the online survey, can be found at