Business

Short Term Rentals


Effective June 11, 2021 and in accordance with the Province of Ontario's Re-Opening Plan - Step 1, Short-Term Rentals are permitted to operate, however indoor pools, communal steam rooms, saunas or indoor whirlpools, indoor fitness centres, or other indoor recreational facilities must remain closed. To find out more, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario

Short-term Rentals in Fort Erie
The Fort Erie Short-term Rental program was launched in 2020 to help establish and regulate terms and conditions for short-term rental businesses operating in Fort Erie. The program was introduced by Town Council due to a growing number of concerns from fire services, bylaw enforcement and local residents. Some areas of concern included fire safety, property maintenance and a lack of local contact.

Starting January 1, 2020, all Fort Erie short-term rental operators (such as Airbnbs) are required to obtain a short-term rental licence from the Town of Fort Erie. Licence application forms can be completed online.

Failure to obtain the appropriate licence will result in a $600 fine, 7-day operating suspension and 10 demerit points. In addition, a list of registered short-term rental properties in Fort Erie is now available. 

To access eServices and pay an outstanding administrative penalty please click here

Contacting By-law Enforcement
We want everyone to enjoy being part of the Fort Erie community. If you are concerned that a short-term rental property might be violating Town bylaws (i.e., noise and nuisance, parking, property standards, fire safety or building violation), please take a minute to review our FAQs or short-term rental by-law to confirm. If confirmed, please call Municipal By-law Enforcement during hours of operation at 905-871-1600, ext. 5216.
 
Hours of Operation (May 1 to September 30)

Days of Week Hours
Monday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.


Hours of Operation (October 1 to April 30)

Days of Week Hours
Monday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday Not Available
Sunday Not Available

If you have a concern about noise and nuisance or parking outside of regular business hours, please call the non-emergency number for the Niagara Regional Police Services at 905-871-2300. In case of an emergency, always call 911.

Bay Beach (Also known as Crystal Beach)
Once the stay-at-home order is lifted (expected June 2), Bay Beach will be opened to the general public. Beach capacity restrictions will be put in place (2000 maximum) to allow for proper physical distancing.

To access the beach, beachgoers will be required to present one of three 2021 Bay Beach passes (resident, commercial or day). Beach entry will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis, and proof of residency will not be required when entering Bay Beach. Beachgoers are encouraged to review beach rules and the real-time beach capacity tracker before heading to Bay Beach.

Contact
Please take a minute to review the bylaws referenced above as well as reference our FAQs for Operators to further better understand our short-term rentals program. For more information, please contact our business licence coordinator at edts@forterie.ca or 905-871-1600, ext. 2252. 

Short-term Rentals