North Frontenac Short Term Accommodations

Nestled in the heart of eastern Ontario's cottage country, North Frontenac is known for its excellent opportunities to experience the great outdoors. The Township has various year round outdoor activities and a relaxed lifestyle, which is why people love to visit! Short-term accommodations are a great oprtion for tourists who want to to discover breathtaking beauty, witness undisturbed nature, explore timeless terrain and experience the dark skies.

If you own property in North Frontenac, you may want to consider offering short-term accommodations to generate revenue and enhance the region's capacity to host visitors. It’s important to remember that by-law regulations and other policies must be followed when renting out short-term accommodation.

What is short-term accommodation?

Short-term accommodation is when someone rents a space for 30 days or less. This can include renting out a private room in a home, an entire house, or seasonal property like a cottage. These short-term accommodation provisions do not apply to established hotels, motels, or recreational campgrounds and trailer parks. The Township does not regulate or prohibit short-term accommodation. Council understands that traditionally many residents seasonally rent out their cottage/house or lend them to family and friends, which has been common practice for decades.

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How do I start a short-term accommodation business?

 How do I start a bed & breakfast?

A bed & breakfast is a private house designed to be used in part for the accommodation of visitors and may also include providing meals and complimentary services to guest room occupants. Bed & breakfasts are permitted in most areas where a house is permitted and are required to be operated by the owner or lessee of the house. 

You may be able to convert your house into a bed & breakfast to provide short-term accommodation. Check out the resources below including insurance information, permit requirements for conversion under the Ontario Building Code and food handling requirements.

More information is found in Section 3.4 of the Township’s Zoning Bylaw.

 How do I rent out my house/cottage for short-term accommodation?
The Township does not regulate or prohibit the short-term rental of a house or cottage. If you would like to rent your house or cottage on your property, check out the section below about what you should know as a short-term accommodator. For instance, if there is a bylaw complaint, you may be responsible as the owner of the property.
If you will be on site hosting your guests, or serving or preparing food, please visit the bed & breakfast section above.

The Township does not regulate or prohibit the short-term rental of a house or cottage. If you would like to rent your house or cottage on your property, check out the section below about what you should know as a short-term accommodator. For instance, if there is a bylaw complaint, you may be responsible as the owner of the property.

If you will be on site hosting your guests, or serving or preparing food, please visit the bed & breakfast section above. 

The Township does not regulate or prohibit the short-term rental of a house or cottage. If you would like to rent your house or cottage on your property, check out the section below about what you should know as a short-term accommodator. For instance, if there is a bylaw complaint, you may be responsible as the owner of the property.

If you will be on site hosting your guests, or serving or preparing food, please visit the bed & breakfast section above. 

The Township does not regulate or prohibit the short-term rental of a house or cottage. If you would like to rent your house or cottage on your property, check out the section below about what you should know as a short-term accommodator. For instance, if there is a bylaw complaint, you may be responsible as the owner of the property.

If you will be on site hosting your guests, or serving or preparing food, please visit the bed & breakfast section above. 

The Township does not regulate or prohibit the short-term rental of a house or cottage. If you would like to rent your house or cottage on your property, check out the section below about what you should know as a short-term accommodator. For instance, if there is a bylaw complaint, you may be responsible as the owner of the property.

If you will be on site hosting your guests, or serving or preparing food, please visit the bed & breakfast section above. 

How do I add a short-term accommodation unit to my property in addition to my house/cottage?

If your property is a rural property not located on the waterfront, you may be permitted to build a secondary house for short-term accommodation rentals. The Township permits a second house within the main structure or in an accessory structure as long as certain provisions are met including lot size and adequate servicing. Check out the section below about what you should know as a short-term accommodator and Section 3.1.3 Secondary Dwelling Unit of the Township’s Zoning Bylaw for detailed provisions for the second house.

If your property is a waterfront property, you may need to rezone your property to permit additional development including a short-term accommodation rental. To set up a consultation meeting to discuss this option, please contact the Planning Department.

If you will be on site hosting your guests, or serving or preparing food, please visit the bed & breakfast section above.

If your property is a rural property not located on the waterfront, you may be permitted to build a secondary house for short-term accommodation rentals. The Township permits a second house within the main structure or in an accessory structure as long as certain provisions are met including lot size and adequate servicing. Check out the section below about what you should know as a short-term accommodator and Section 3.1.3 Secondary Dwelling Unit of the Township’s Zoning Bylaw for detailed provisions for the second house.

If your property is a waterfront property, you may need to rezone your property to permit additional development including a short-term accommodation rental. To set up a consultation meeting to discuss this option, please contact the Planning Department.

If you will be on site hosting your guests, or serving or preparing food, please visit the bed & breakfast section above.

If your property is a rural property not located on the waterfront, you may be permitted to build a secondary house for short-term accommodation rentals. The Township permits a second house within the main structure or in an accessory structure as long as certain provisions are met including lot size and adequate servicing. Check out the section below about what you should know as a short-term accommodator and Section 3.1.3 Secondary Dwelling Unit of the Township’s Zoning Bylaw for detailed provisions for the second house.

If your property is a waterfront property, you may need to rezone your property to permit additional development including a short-term accommodation rental. To set up a consultation meeting to discuss this option, please contact the Planning Department.

If you will be on site hosting your guests, or serving or preparing food, please visit the bed & breakfast section above.

 Can I have multiple short-term accommodation units on my property?
As this kind of operation is a commercial tourist business, similar to a motel, hotel, or campground, the Township requires this operation to take place on a property that is appropriately zoned. If your property is not already zoned Recreational Commercial, you may make an application to rezone the property. To set up a consultation meeting to discuss this option, please contact the Planning Department. Check out the information below about operating a short-term accommodation including insurance and servicing requirements and additional resources. 

What should I know as a short-term accommodator?

Short-term accommodation property owners are business owners! The Township encourages you to be on your property and engaged with your guests. This ensures that neighbours are not inconvenienced and that all applicable laws are followed. Short-term accommodation operators will be held accountable for the actions of their guests. If a Municipal Bylaw is violated, fines can be issued and inspection fees charged to both the occupier and the owner.

Licenses, Permits, and Regulations

When operating a short-term accommodation, the accommodation operator is responsible for ensuring that the business complies with all applicable licenses, permits and regulations. These can be issued by all three levels of government: municipal (Township and County), provincial, and federal. Examples of licenses, permits, and regulations that could apply to you when starting a short-term accommodation rental may include, but are not limited to the following.

 Licences
The Township does not require a license for short-term accommodation, but a license may be required for other complimentary business ventures, or by other government agencies. Check out the additional resources below for starting a new business.
 Permits

Building permits may be required for the conversion of structures to short-term accommodations. For instance, there are upgrades that may be required under the Ontario Building Code for the conversion of a house into a bed & breakfast establishment. There will also be requirements for demonstrating potable water and ensuring safety requirements are met. For more information regarding building permits, please contact the Chief Building Official.

The requirements for sizing of onsite sewage system are in the Ontario Building Code. The Code states that for residences the size of a sewage system is based on the number of bedrooms, finished area, and the number of plumbing fixtures. For more information about septic systems, please contact KFL&A Public Health.

 Regulations

Public Health – Before opening a short-term accommodation you should contact KFL&A Public Health to ensure your systems meet the requirements for food safety, drinking water (wells), septic system capacity, spas and swimming pools.

Noise and Public Nuisances Bylaw – The Township has a Noise and Public Nuisances Bylaw that regulates the use of ringing bells, blowing of horns, shouting and unusual noises likely to disturb inhabitants and for prohibiting and abating public nuisances. For more information, check out the Township's Noise and Public Nuisance Bylaw.

Zoning Bylaw – The Zoning Bylaw contains provisions regarding the erection and use of buildings or structures within the Municipality. The Bylaw also requires that you meet certain setbacks and have adequate parking, including spaces for your short-term accommodation rental. If you are considering complimentary uses or structures to your short-term accommodation, check to see what is permitted in the Township’s Zoning Bylaw.

Burning/Fire Bylaw – The Township regulates the setting of open air fires including campfires and fireworks. Check out the Township’s website for up-to-date information for fire bans as well as review the Township's Burning Bylaw.

Parking Bylaw – The Township regulates the parking of vehicles on public streets and areas. For more information, check out the Township's Parking Bylaw.

Waste/Recycling – North Frontenac operates a network of Transfer Stations and Waste Sites. For more information, check out the Township's Waste and Recycling webpage.

 

 

Managing your operation

When it comes to operating your short-term accommodation, it is important to consider how your operation will be managed. This includes things like securing appropriate insurance, booking management, regular cleaning and maintenance, and the experiences you will provide to your guests. 

 Insurance
 Insurance needs for your business will vary. It is best to consult with multiple insurance agents and brokers to find one familiar with your operation. Adequate liability is a must and may include: fire insurance, liability insurance, burglary protection, and dishonest insurance.
 Marketing
 Marketing your short-term accommodation is paramount. Word of mouth, brochures, and online platforms are excellent ways of reaching your future visitors! Check out the resources below for more information about starting a small business.
 Local Experiences
 Local experiences can enhance your guests' visit to North Frontenac. If you are interested in learning about local businesses check out the Township's Business Directory or contact the Manager of Community Development

Where can I find additional resources?

The following tabs contain links to various websites and organizations that can support the development of your accommodation business.

Helpful Marketing Resources
Starting A Business in Ontario

How do I make a complaint?

 

If you have noticed that a short-term accommodation operator or renter is violating a bylaw or regulation, please let us know.

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Contact

For complaints related to noise, parking and municipal bylaw enforcement, please submit a confidential complaint to the Township of North Frontenac.

Confidential complaints are directed to the Chief Administrative Officer and can be submitted to the Township Offices (6648 Road 506, Plevna, ON) or by submitting the required form: 

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For all emergencies, including impaired operation of a motor vehicle or watercraft, out of control burning, dangerous misuse of fireworks, illicit drug use or violence, please call your local emergency services.

Call 9-1-1

For all other questions including those related to building without permits please contact the Township Offices.

Township Offices can be contacted at 613-479-2231 or toll free at 1-800-234-3953

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