Council Votes to Opt-In to the Principal Residence Requirement

Posted: Mar 13, 2024   |   By: Communications

Tofino Council has taken action to protect existing housing stock and preserve the social fabric of this unique community.

At the March 12, 2024, Regular Council Meeting, Council voted to opt-in to the Principal Residence Requirement outlined in the Province of British Columbia's Bill 35 – Short-Term Rental Accommodations Act.

As of November 1, 2024, all short-term rentals in Tofino must have a principal resident or host amongst other restrictions. Opting in provides an important tool for municipalities to regulate short-term rentals, supported by a Provincial compliance unit.

It is important to note that short-term rentals remain a legal and valuable aspect of Tofino's community, provided they have a principal resident. These rentals offer unique accommodation options for families visiting the area and serve as an important source of supplemental income for many Tofino residents. Council's decision balances the need for short-term rental options with the broader goal of housing availability for locals.

Looking ahead, Council will consider further regulations and restrictions aimed at addressing housing issues, through a zoning review process.

The Principal Residence Requirement will be in effect indefinitely unless a request is made from Council to reverse the decision by submitting a request to the province by March 31 of any future year.

Council would like to thank the Tofino community for actively engaging in the recent public consultation phase on the Principal Residence Requirement. The decision-making process was enhanced by the invaluable feedback Council received from the community.

If you host a short-term rental in Tofino and require more information about how this decision will impact your property, please refer to the District’s short-term rental regulations page.

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