Report on Short-Term Accommodations (Airbnb etc) in Mississauga Identifies Regulatory Options

Yesterday, Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee received a report (starting on page 65 in the linked PDC Agenda [15mb PDF]) from staff on short-term accommodations in the city.

“We understand the concerns about short-term accommodations in Mississauga. City staff is carefully reviewing the regulatory options available to address them,” said Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “Staff respond to any nuisance complaints, regardless of whether or not they are the result of short-term accommodation use.”

Council directed City staff to examine short-term accommodations in Mississauga, consult with stakeholders and create new by-laws as appropriate. The staff report, Short-Term Accommodation Overview of Current Status and Regulatory Options, provides statistics, benchmarking information with other municipalities, regulatory options and enforcement challenges. The City’s Zoning By-law currently does not prohibit short-term accommodations.

The report identifies options to amend the existing Zoning By-law, including:

  • Defining short-term accommodations
  • Allowing short-term accommodations in some areas
  • Allowing short-term accommodations only in detached, semi-detached and townhouse dwellings, subject to conditions
  • Creating a municipal registry or licensing regime once the use is permitted in the Zoning By-law

The City has existing by-laws to address concerns that may be related to short-term accommodations. These include concerns about property standards, noise, garbage and parking. Under these by-laws, City staff respond to any nuisance complaints in the community as they arise.

As next steps, staff will circulate the report to stakeholders for input and comment. This will be followed by a staff report on the feedback received at a formal public meeting. Staff will then report to Council with final recommendations on short-term accommodations in Mississauga.

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