Short-term Rentals for Neighbours
The Government of Ontario has made some changes to Short-Term Rentals during the emergency periods. Regarding Short Term Rentals, while the Province of Ontario is under Grey Shutdown, only the following are permitted: 6. (1) Every person who provides short term rental accommodation shall ensure that any rentals are only provided to individuals who are in need of housing. To find out more, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces
Short-term Rentals for Neighbours
Visitors from all over the world travel to Fort Erie every year to experience Niagara’s hidden gem. In an effort to protect all parties (i.e. renters, operators and neighbours) impacted by short-term rental operations such as Airbnbs in Fort Erie communities, Town Council has set-up regulations to manage the terms and conditions for operating short-term rentals in Fort Erie.
Starting January 1, 2020, all short-term rental owners who operate rentals are required to obtain an operating licence. Failure to obtain the appropriate paperwork will result in a $600 fine and 7-day operating suspension. A list of registered short-term rental properties is available and is updated regularly.
Demerit Points and Penalties
Fort Erie uses demerit points to help manage properties that receive one or more infractions. Demerit points are given to a short-term rental property owner when they are found in violation of the Town’s short-term rentals by-law. The accumulation of points may lead to additional conditions on a property and/or suspension/revocation of a licence.
Contacting By-law Enforcement
We want everyone to enjoy being part of the Fort Erie community. If you are concerned that a short-term rental property might be violating Town bylaws (i.e., noise and nuisance, parking, property standards, fire safety or building violation), please take a minute to review our FAQs or short-term rental by-law to confirm. If confirmed, please call Municipal By-law Enforcement during hours of operation at 905-871-1600, ext. 5216.
Hours of Operation (May 1 to September 30)
Hours of Operation (October 1 to April 30)
If you have a concern about noise and nuisance or parking outside of regular business hours, please call the non-emergency number for the Niagara Regional Police Services at 905-871-2300.
In case of an emergency, always call 911.
FAQs for Neighbours
Q. Where can I find registered short-term rentals in my neighbourhood?
A. A list of registered short-term rentals can be found at https://shorttermrentalslist.forterie.ca.
Q. What if renters are not following Town by-laws?
A. If you are experiencing renters who are not following by-laws, please call the Town of Fort Erie By-law Enforcement at 905-871-1600, ext. 5216. If your complaint falls outside of office hours, please call the non-emergency number for the Niagara Regional Police at 905-871-2300.
Hours of Operation
- May 1 to September 30 – Monday and Tuesday (8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Wednesday to Friday (8:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.) or Saturday and Sunday (10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.)
- October 1 to April 30 – Monday to Friday (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Q. Are renters allowed to put up a tent on the short-term rental property?
A. Renters are not allowed to set up tents on the property.
Q. Can I purchase a Bay Beach Season Pass for my renters?
A. Fort Erie short-term rental operators can purchase one or more Commercial Season Passes for $100 each. A commercial pass is transferable to renters; however, is only valid when Niagara Region is in Orange, Yellow or Green. If a renter resides in a region that is marked Grey by the Province, they will be denied entry to Bay Beach even with a valid commercial pass.