Following By-Law 15 of 2020, property owners and operators are reminded that they are required to apply for and receive a Short-Term Accommodation (STA) Business Licence and register for the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) collection in order to be a legally compliant operator in the City of Sarnia. Current operators must be registered by December 31, 2020. 

A short-term accommodation is all or part of a dwelling unit rented out for less than 30 consecutive days in exchange for payment. This includes bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) but excludes hotels and motels. It also excludes other accommodations where there is no payment.

Operators are only allowed to rent their principal residence on a short-term basis. A principal residence is the residence where they live and the address used for bills, identification, taxes and insurance.

The City has created an online Guide to Success and the Application for the Short-Term Accommodation Business Licence is available online:

All operators utilizing a residentially zoned property to offer short-term accommodations to the traveling public, are required to be compliant with the Bed & Breakfast standards in the zoning by-law. A review of these standards will be completed as part of the Business License application process, as will be a mandatory Fire inspection to ensure all accommodations are safe.

The zoning by-law standards for Short-Term Accommodations were appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) and as such, these standards are not in effect. The existing Bed and Breakfast zoning standards remain in effect for residentially zoned property.