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Short-term accommodation licence

The new Short-Term Accommodation By-law went into effect on January 19, 2021. According to this by-law, anyone operating a short-term accommodation in Mississauga will need to get a business licence.

If you are renting out all or part of your home for 30 consecutive days or less, you must apply for a business licence.

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Principal residence

You can only operate a short-term accommodation from your principal residence (the location where you live for the majority of the year). This must be the address that you use for bills, taxes and insurance.

You can host a short-term rental in a second unit as long as the unit is your principal residence.

Licence requirements

To apply for a short-term accommodation licence, you will need to provide:

  • Proof you’re at least 18 years old, such as a birth certificate, valid driver’s licence or valid passport
  • A criminal record check issued in the last 60 days from police services in the area you reside. Third party searches are not acceptable.
  • Proof of general liability insurance for the operation of the short-term rental accommodation, with a minimum $2 million coverage per rental. This could be a letter from your insurance company or a copy of your insurance policy. It’s the sole responsibility of the operator to ensure they understand the implications of operating a short-term rental. Contact your insurance provider to make sure you have adequate coverage.
  • Evidence that the rental is in your principal residence. This could be a recent utility bill or tax form issued in the last 12 months.
  • Contact information for the primary person responsible for the short-term accommodation
  • Permission from the homeowner (if you’re a tenant)
  • Permission from the condo board (if the property is a condo unit)

Licence fee

Your licence will cost $250 per year.

Application process

Complete and submit your application and supporting documents online. We’ll review it within a few business days.

If we need any further information, we’ll make a comment on your application and email you to review it. When all comments have been resolved, you’ll get an email with a link to pay the licence fee.

What happens next

Once you receive your licence, you’ll need to include the licence number on all print or online advertisements for the rental.

To apply for a short-term accommodation licence in person, you must:

  1. Complete the Short-Term Accommodation Licence Application
  2. Book an appointment to visit the Compliance and Licensing Enforcement office located at 300 City Centre Drive, ground floor
  3. Bring your application and supporting documents to your appointment and pay your licence fee

You’ll only be admitted to the building if you have a scheduled appointment. Only one person may attend the appointment. If you’re late by 10 minutes or more, your appointment will be cancelled and you’ll need to reschedule.

If all of the requirements are met and your documents are in order, your licence will be issued right away.

A short-term accommodation licence will expire each year. The fee to renew your licence is $250.

Contact us

If you have any questions, call 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits) or contact us online.