As a destination community, Sicamous attracts vacationers year-round. In recent years, online services such as Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO) or Airbnb have become popular in residential neighbourhoods as an alternative to traditional tourist accommodation like hotels or motels. However, short-term rentals can have a negative impact on local hotel businesses, the availability of housing, and the residential character of neighborhoods.
As such, Council for the District will be implementing regulations through its Zoning Bylaw to mitigate the negative impacts while supporting a vibrant tourism economy in Sicamous.
What you need to know:
The District anticipates adoption of the proposed Zoning Bylaw 1000, 2022 later this year and amendments to the Business Licensing Bylaw to further regulate short-term rentals.