Short-term rentals on the council’s radar

Town hall of Belleville. (Photo: Quinte News)

Belleville Council will decide on Monday whether or not staff should create a licensing procedure to regulate the booming short-term accommodation sector.

Residents across the region have complained about short-term accommodation businesses popping up in homes in area neighborhoods, causing traffic and noise issues, among other concerns.

Councilor Kelly McCaw will also ask council to support a motion that would seek an investigation into how the city might limit the number of homes allowed to be used for short-term rentals, the feasibility of a “need residence”, and a purchase tax on all goods purchased by non-residents.

As part of a report to the board, staff are suggesting a $500 fee for a new license application and a $150 fee for license renewals.

It is estimated that around 150 short-term rental companies currently operate in the city.

Also in the report, city staff warn that additional staff will be needed to manage a regulatory/licensing system.

Belleville Council meets at 4 p.m. Monday at City Hall, and the meeting can be viewed on the city’s YouTube site.

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