Short-Term Rental Registration

Registration vs. Licensing: All short-term rental accommodations must be registered with the Municipality of Lambton Shores. Information about the registration process can be found on the page below.

Effective February 1, 2023, all short-term rentals must comply with the Short-Term Rental Licensing By-Law (By-Law 43-2022). All registered short-term rental owners will receive their licensing application deadline directly. Learn more about the Short-Term Rental Licensing Program

In accordance with By-Law 29-2022, all short-term rental accommodations in Lambton Shores must be registered with the Municipality to continue operating. There is no cost associated with registration this year.

The deadline to register your short-term rental was June 1, 2022. If you operate a short-term rental and have not registered the accommodation with the Municipality, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Owners who continue to operate without a registration certificate issued by the Municipality are in contravention of By-Law 29-2022 and may be subject to the penalties listed under Section 10: Offence and Penalty Provisions.

If you recently purchased a Dwelling to be used as a short-term rental, you must complete the registration form before advertising or using the Dwelling as a short-term rental accommodation.

Register your short-term rental accommodation

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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the definition of a Short-Term Rental?

A “Short-Term Rental” or “STR” means all or part of a legally established Dwelling that operates or offers a place of temporary residence, lodging or occupancy by way of a rental agreement or similar commercial transaction for a period of less than thirty (30) consecutive nights throughout all or any part of a calendar year, but does not include an Owner-occupied Short-Term Rental, motel, hotel, hospital, campground, couch surfing or other short-term accommodations where there is no payment.

I live on-site and only rent out an accessory unit or bedroom in my home. Do I need to register my short-term rental accommodation?

All short-term rental accommodations must be registered with the Municipality, unless the short-term rental is owner-occupied. Owner-occupied short-term rentals do not need to register the accommodation with the Municipality.

An "Owner-Occupied Short-Term Rental" means a Short-Term Rental being offered in a primary Dwelling where the Owner or Tenant is permanently residing, or a single legal accessory Dwelling on the same property as a primary Dwelling where the owner or Tenant is permanently residing, and includes a Bed and Breakfast Establishment.

Furthermore, an "Owner" means a person who is on title as an owner of a building or parcel of land identified on the parcel register from the Land Registry Office and includes a person who alone or with others has a right to possess or occupy premises where a business is located, or a lessee who actually does not own, possess or occupy the premises upon which a business is located, or a person who has responsibility for and control over the condition of premises or the activities there carried on, or control over persons allowed to enter the premises.

Where can I read the registration by-law?
The registration requirements are outlined in By-Law 29-2022.
Will my personal information be made public?
All registered short-term rental addresses can be searched by the public using our online database. No personal information or other details from your registration application will be made public.
What happens if I don't register my short-term rental?

Short-term rental owners who continue to operate an unregistered short-term rental are in contravention By-Law 29-2022 and will be subject to the Offence and Penalty Provisions outlined in Section 10.0 of the by-law:

10.1 Every Person who contravenes any of the provisions of this by-law, and every director of a corporation who concurs in such contravention by the corporation is guilty of an offence and on conviction liable to a fine not exceeding $25,000 for a first offence and $50,000 for any subsequent offence.

10.2 Where a corporation is convicted of an offence under this by-law, the maximum penalty is $50,000 for a first offence and $100,000 for any subsequent offence.

I have more than one short-term rental. Do I need to register them all?
Yes, each short-term rental must be registered with the Municipality. Please submit a separate registration form for each short-term rental accommodations that you own.
How much does it cost to register our short-term rental?

There is no fee associated with the registration of your short-term rental accommodation(s) in 2022.

What is required to register my short-term rental?

To register your short-term rental accommodation(s), you will be required to submit the following information, as listed in the registration form:

  1. Name of Applicant and contact information
  2. Copy of the Applicant's government-issued ID that includes date of birth (and Owner, if different than Applicant)
  3. Address of the short-term rental
  4. Photo of the short-term rental (front-facing photo from the street or driveway)
Isn't there a licensing program or licensing fee?

There is no licensing program or licensing fee for this year (2022). For this year, short-term rental owners are only required to register their short-term rental accommodation(s) with the Municipality.

However, the Short-Term Rental Licensing By-Law 43-2022 comes into effect on February 1, 2023. Under this licensing program, there are additional restrictions and an annual licensing fee.

Learn more about the Licensing By-Law.

Can I submit my registration form in person?

If you prefer to submit your registration in-person, please contact our STR team to request a form to print out or pick up a paper version at a Municipal Office. The completed registration form, and all required documents, can be delivered in person to:

 

Municipality of Lambton Shores
Attn: Short-Term Rental Registration
7883 Amtelecom Parkway,
Forest, ON N0N 1J0

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