Short-term rentals on the council’s radar
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.