Short Term Rental by-law in Gravenhurst focuses on promoting being a good neighbour
A new short-term rental licensing by-law for Gravenhurst is in the works and set to take effect next January.
Mayor Paul Kelly says “We’ve heard from the community that we would greatly benefit from this new licensing platform; it would help ensure compliance of accompanying by-laws and most importantly promote being a good neighbour,” he said.
The town is already taking proactive measures to promote the new by-law and help introduce and educate those who it applies to. In addition to the by-law, an Administrative Monetary Penalty System will be initiated, which will enable the Town to enforce compliance with regulatory requirements,
The Town is in the process of developing the framework for the licensing program to be finalized late summer/early fall; elements include annual fees, application requirements, and implementation timelines.
Kristen Ford-Bickers, Manager of By-law Services says “With this new by-law, every renter must sign off on a code of conduct. In the meantime, there are a variety of other municipal by-laws that are in place to address many of the behaviors that have been described as problematic. These by-laws include those related to open burning, noise, parking, property standards, dark sky lighting, site alteration and site plan control. We will continue enforcement of these by-laws,” she said