Short-Term Rental Accommodations

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The Town of Gravenhurst is in the process of implementing a program that will address the usage of Short-Term Rentals (STR) across the municipality. After completing community consultation and a review of best practices in similar communities, a report was presented at the May Planning Council meeting. At that meeting, the Town of Gravenhurst Council passed the Short-Term Rental Licensing By-law that will come into effect in January of 2023. The By-law indicates that all Short-Term Rental accommodations will require a license by the Town.

Within the By-law, a Short-Term Rental Accommodation is defined as “the use of a dwelling unit that operates or offers a place of temporary residence, lodging or occupancy by way of concession, permit, lease, license, rental agreement, or similar arrangement for any period equal to or less than twenty-eight (28) consecutive calendar days, throughout all or any part of the calendar year, unless otherwise prohibited by this By-law or any other By-law of the Town of Gravenhurst.”

The next step in this process of is the development of the licensing program and an Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) Program for the enforcement of the by-law. Both programs are slated to come into effect in January of 2023. 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 during the STR discussion. These By-laws include those related to open burning, noise, parking, property standards, dark sky lighting, site alteration and site plan control.

Continue monitoring this webpage for latest updates regarding Short-Term Rental Accommodations!


The Town of Gravenhurst is in the process of implementing a program that will address the usage of Short-Term Rentals (STR) across the municipality. After completing community consultation and a review of best practices in similar communities, a report was presented at the May Planning Council meeting. At that meeting, the Town of Gravenhurst Council passed the Short-Term Rental Licensing By-law that will come into effect in January of 2023. The By-law indicates that all Short-Term Rental accommodations will require a license by the Town.

Within the By-law, a Short-Term Rental Accommodation is defined as “the use of a dwelling unit that operates or offers a place of temporary residence, lodging or occupancy by way of concession, permit, lease, license, rental agreement, or similar arrangement for any period equal to or less than twenty-eight (28) consecutive calendar days, throughout all or any part of the calendar year, unless otherwise prohibited by this By-law or any other By-law of the Town of Gravenhurst.”

The next step in this process of is the development of the licensing program and an Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) Program for the enforcement of the by-law. Both programs are slated to come into effect in January of 2023. 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 during the STR discussion. These By-laws include those related to open burning, noise, parking, property standards, dark sky lighting, site alteration and site plan control.

Continue monitoring this webpage for latest updates regarding Short-Term Rental Accommodations!

  • By-law Passed: License and Regulate STR's

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    Town Council passed By-law 2022-58 to License and Regulate Short-Term Rentals in Gravenhurst to come into effect January 2023.

  • Staff Directed to Develop Licensing Program

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    by Lauren M.,

    On Tuesday November 16th, 2021 the STR report went to council. Staff received direction from Council to develop a Short-Term Licensing program.

  • Findings and Report

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    by Lauren M.,

    During the November 16, 2021 Committee of the Whole meeting, results and approach from the Short-Term Rental Survey Results and Proposed Approach Council Report will be discussed. View the council agenda and online stream link here. Outcomes from Council will be shared when available.

  • Survey now closed!

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    by Lauren M.,

    Thank you for participating in our Short-Term Rental survey. Contributions to this consultation are now closed for evaluation and review. The project team will report back on key outcomes in a report to council.

  • Take the STR Survey!

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    by Lauren M.,

    We want to hear your feedback on Short Term Rentals (STR) within the Town of Gravenhurst!

    TAKE THE SURVEY

Page last updated: 10 Jun 2022, 01:41 PM