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Surrey council gives nod to short-term rental bylaw amendments

A public hearing was set for June 10 after third-reading approval
Surrey City Hall. (File photo)

Surrey city council on Monday approved recommendations contained in a report from the Planning & Development Department to amend bylaws related to short-term rentals, bed and breakfast businesses, boarding and lodging and then set an electronic public hearing for June 10.

According to a corporate report that came before council, definitions will be assigned for “short-term rental” and “principal residence” and the current definition of “bed and breakfast” will be changed to distinguish it from “short-term rental.”

Council gave second-reading approval to one related bylaw and third-reading approval to three others.

Short-term rentals upon final approval would be permitted in single-family dwellings, to a maximum of one secondary suite or coach house on any lot, in multiple unit residential dwellings, and a maximum of one lock-off suite on any lot provided the property is also the owner’s principal residence.

They would be allowed in residential zones, mixed-use zones, agricultural zones, and comprehensive development zones that permit a dwelling unit except caretaker units.

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Moreover, clarification on short-term rentals would be added to Surrey’s Business License Bylaw specifying that owners on demand by city hall will have to provide evidence that the short-term rental is the owner’s principal residence, that only one booking is allowed at a time, that patron records are kept for two years and that the rental is registered with the provincial government.

Also, an annual license fee of $350 would be charged with the duration of short-term rentals being less than 90 days and no limit on the number of bookings per customer each year.

A bed and breakfast must not have more than six guests and not more than three guest bedrooms and where boarding and lodging is concerned only two people may be accommodated.

About the Author: Tom Zytaruk

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