Short-Term Rentals for Neighbours
Short-term Rental Licenses are non-transferable.
Effective January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario will return to the modified version of Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen for at least 21 days (until January 26, 2022), subject to trends in public health and health system indicators.
Short-Term Rentals are only able to operate and rent to those individuals who are in need of housing. Short-Term rental operators must obtain valid verification that the individuals are in need of housing. To learn more, click here.
There is currently a moratorium on accepting new Short-Term Rental applications as a result of Town Council's review of land use controls pertaining to Short-Term Rentals. However, 2021 Short-Term Rental licence holders will be able to renew their licence for 2022 when the application portal opens on January 4, 2022.
2022 Short-Term Rental Program
Short-Term Rentals for Neighbours
Visitors from all over the world travel to Fort Erie every year to experience Niagara’s hidden gem. In an effort to protect all parties (i.e. renters, operators and neighbours) impacted by Short-Term Rental operations such as Airbnbs in Fort Erie communities, Town Council has set-up regulations to manage the terms and conditions for operating Short-Term Rentals in Fort Erie.
Starting January 1, 2020, all Short-Term Rental owners who operate rentals are required to obtain an operating licence. Failure to obtain the appropriate paperwork will result in a $1,500.00 fine and 15 demerit points. A list of registered Short-Term Rental properties is available and is updated regularly.
Demerit Points and Penalties
Fort Erie uses demerit points to help manage properties that receive one or more infractions. Demerit points are given to a Short-Term Rental property owner when they are found in violation of the Town’s Short-Term Rental By-law. The accumulation of points may lead to additional conditions on a property and/or suspension/revocation of a licence.
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 Rentals 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)
Hours of Operation (October 1 to April 30)
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.
FAQs for Neighbours
Q: Where can I find registered Short-Term Rentals in my neighbourhood?
A: A list of registered Short-Term Rentals can be found on the Town's Business Directory at https://www.forterie.ca/resource/eservicesBusiness.xsp?filter=STR
Q: What if renters are not following Town by-laws?
A: If you are experiencing renters who are not following by-laws, please call the Town of Fort Erie By-law Enforcement at 905-871-1600, ext. 5216. If your complaint falls outside of office hours, please call the non-emergency number for the Niagara Regional Police at 905-871-2300.