When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Edmonton. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. We’ll continue to update this information as more becomes available.
In 2019, Edmonton City Council approved changes to the Business License Bylaw which require a business license to operate. Hosts are responsible for applying for a business license online or in person at city hall.
If your listing has over 2 bedrooms you also require a major-home based business development permit.
Short-term rental regulations
The following rules apply to short-term rentals in Edmonton (please independently confirm your obligations):
- You must include your valid City of Edmonton business license number on any advertisements for the property.
- Hosts must provide guests with a copy of the Short-term rental accommodation: information for guests guide, which can be found online at edmonton.ca/shorttermhomerentals
- Hosts must ensure your telephone number is posted in the rental property at all times.
- Hosts must not allow the property to be used by guests to operate a business, unless the guest has a valid business license authorizing the business activity.
- Hosts residing in the same residence may only rent up to two sleeping units, each of which can be occupied by a maximum of two persons.
- Hosts must keep a record in English and in an electronic form that is satisfactory to the Chief Licence Inspector. Hosts must keep permanent records for each transaction and provide it to the Inspector upon demand. The record must include:
- Full name and email address of a paid guest
- Duration of their stay
The province of Alberta announced that it would require vacation rental hosts to collect the tourism levy. Get more information on how to register for this tax and about your obligations.
Other contracts and rules
As a host, you need to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, including leases, co-op rules, HOA rules, or other rules established by tenant organizations. You should be able to find out more by contacting your housing authority (such as a community council) or landlord. Your lease (or other contract) might also have specific details.
Our commitment to your community
We are committed to working with local officials to help them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we will continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their own homes.
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