When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide some useful links that may help you better understand the laws and regulations in West Kelowna. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. We’ll periodically update this information as more becomes available.
The Municipality of West Kelowna requires hosts to obtain a business license with the municipality in order to engage in short-term rentals. Hosts are responsible for applying for a license. You can review and fill in the licensing application here or call 778-797-8811 should you have any questions. You can learn more about the bylaw here.
Once you submit your application, the city will review your application. If your application is approved, a license number will be issued, which you’ll need to add to your listing.
Principal Residency Requirements
Short-term rentals are allowed in single detached dwellings (houses), secondary suites, or carriage houses, if located on a property that is your principal residence. If you are unsure about whether you are eligible to operate a short-term rental, please visit this page or contact business licensing at 778-797-8811.
Other contracts and rules
As a host, you need to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, including leases, co-op rules, HOA rules, or other rules established by tenant organizations. You should be able to find out more by contacting your housing authority (such as a community council) or landlord. Your lease (or other contract) might also have specific details.