Short-Term Rentals

Short-Term Rental (STR) refers to the accommodation of guests in a residential home for a period of less than 30 days. Residents of Fernie must apply for a business license to operate a legal short-term rental in their primary residence.

Which properties qualify for a Short-Term Rental?

  • A room or rooms in your primary residence.
  • An apartment, or house that is your primary residence.
  • Properties zoned as Condo/Hotels in the C-1, C-HWY and CD-2 zones.

Which properties DO NOT qualify for a Short-Term Rental?

  • Secondary Suites (including basement suites)
  • Attached and detached Garage Suites
  • Garden Suites
  • Secondary Homes

How to Apply

Residents applying for a Short-Term Rental Business License must submit a completed Self-Inspection Checklist with a Short-Term Rental Business License Application.

The Self-Inspection Checklist ensures the property owner has the required safety measures in-place to rent their home.

 Applications must be submitted in-person at City Hall, along with the applicable fees.

Short Term Rental Business Licenses are issued according to the Business Licencing and Regulation Bylaw No. 2028, 2003.

To understand which zoning designations allow short-term rentals, refer to Schedule C of the Zoning Bylaw No. 1750.

Condo / Hotel Zone Requirements

Condo / Hotel properties are permitted as short-term rentals in the C-1, C-HWY and CD-2 zones, such as Silver Rock and 901 Fernie apartments.

Owners of these properties must hold a standard City of Fernie Business License and submit a completed Self Inspection Checklist to operate.

If you have any questions about short-term rental regulations, please contact Bylaw Services at 250.423.2244 or