Short-term rentals (including AirBnB or VRBO rentals) are growing in popularity. If you own or are considering operating a short-term rental, there are some things you need to know.
- Any building that is to be used for sleeping accommodation is required to have a valid building permit prior to beginning construction. This includes any work to change the use of a storage building to sleeping accommodation.
- A valid occupancy permit is required prior to using the space.
- Your insurance company may require a copy of your occupancy permit–please keep a copy of this document.
- The Province of Nova Scotia requires all short-term rental operators to register with the Province. Part of their requirements is a valid civic number assigned to the building and a zoning confirmation that indicates that the short-term rental complies with all land use bylaws. These are obtained through the Municipality.