On October 25, 2021, Council amended bylaw Bylaw 2020.11  to add that there is a 300 metre distancing requirement between Short-Term Rental Accommodation locations. 

Short-term Rental Accommodation Licensing

On January 27, 2020, Council passed the STRA - Short Term Rental Accommodation Licensing Bylaw 2020.11​​ that stipulates that operators and owners of all Short-term Accommodations within the Township of Ramara are required to obtain an annual licence to operate. Since then, Council has adopted Bylaw 2021.43 and Bylaw 2021.87 to Amend Bylaw 2020.11 - Being a Bylaw to license, regulate and govern Short-Term Rental Accommodation Uses

What is a Short-Term Rental Accommodat​​ion?

A Short-Term Rental Accommodation is a building or structure that operates or offers a place of temporary residence, lodging or occupancy by way of concession, permit, lease, licence, rental agreement or similar commercial arrangement for any period less than twenty-eight (28) consecutive calendar days, throughout all or any part of a calendar year.​​

What are the requirements?

The new Short-Term Rental Accommodation Bylaw 2020.11, sets out all the requirements to qualify for a licence. The following forms provide all the required information to applicants on what information, documents and forms must be supplied to the Township in addition to the annual licensing fee of $1,000.00. If you require further information or wish to schedule a Pre-Screening meeting to review your eligibility for a licence, please contact bylaw@ramara.ca.

Pre-Screening Meetings can be scheduled on Tuesdays between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm or Thursdays between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

Forms

Short-Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) Application Form

Short-Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) Waiting List Application Form

Complaints

 If complaints are filed with the Responsible Person and no action is undertaken, please forward your complaint to the Township of Ramara at bylaw@ramara.ca or fill out the online Report a Concern form. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The goal in regulating STRAs is to protect the quality and character of existing residential neighbourhoods, create a level playing field for all STRA operators, enhance consumer protection, and ensure STRAs provide occupants with a safe and healthy dwelling space. 

What is defined as a short-term rental accommodation (STRA)?

Short-term rental accommodation is a building or structure that operates or offers a place of temporary residence, lodging or occupancy by way of concession, permit, lease, licence, rental agreement or similar commercial arrangement for any period less than twenty-eight (28) consecutive calendar days, throughout all or any part of a calendar year.

When am I required to obtain an STRA  licence?

An STRA licence is required for all residential property owners who rent or advertise their property for rent for 28 or fewer days. The licence costs an annual fee of $1000.00.  

What is required to obtain a licence?

STRA Operators are required to meet specific requirements to obtain a licence; operators who can’t meet the criteria will be denied a licence. STRA operators must meet the following requirements:

  1. All Buildings must be built in compliance with the Ontario Building Code;
  2. Property must not be 300 meters from any other STRA licenced location;
  3. Property must comply with the Ontario Planning Act and Township of Ramara Zoning Bylaw;
  4. The building must comply with the Ontario Fire Code & Fire Prevention and Protection Act;
  5. Septic System (if applicable) must be shown to be in proper working order, pass inspection (if required) by a licenced septic installer and be designed to process effluent and greywater based on the number of legal bedrooms within the dwelling and as required by the Ontario Building Code Act;
  6. Property Taxes and all township accounts must be in good standing, and no debts to the Township are permitted;
  7. Property, accessory buildings and primary dwellings are all subject to licensing, property standards, building code and fire code inspections, and
  8. Fire pits and outdoor burning containers must comply with the Township Open Air Burning Bylaw.

How are maximum occupancy rates defined, and what is the maximum occupancy?

 

Maximum Occupancy rates for STRA’s are based on the number of legal bedrooms under the Ontario Building Code and in accordance with all building permits issued for the property and an approved septic system (if applicable) that has been designed for the number of legal bedrooms;

  1. Two (2) bedroom home – Maximum Occupancy 4
  2. Three (3) bedroom home – Maximum Occupancy 6
  3. Four (4) bedroom home – Maximum Occupancy 8
  4. Five (5) or more bedroom home – Maximum Occupancy 8

The Township STRA Licensing bylaw restricts the maximum occupancy to eight (8) overnights guests. 

If my STRA is licenced, what rules do I have to abide by?

  1. Noise restrictions apply to all licenced STRA locations, regardless of their location in Ramara (Noise Bylaw regulations only apply to owner-occupied or rental properties located in Lagoon City & Bayshore Village.
  2. Occupancy restrictions of 8 or fewer overnight guests.
  3. STRA’s are inspected to ensure the safety of the guests and surrounding properties.
  4. Bylaw officers can issue fines for non-compliance with any licence requirements or conditions.
  5.  The Township can place conditions and restrictions on an STRA Licence.
  6. STRA licences can be suspended or revoked for non-compliance.
  7. Administrative Monetary Penalties can be issued for non-compliance and added to property taxes if not paid.
    1. First Offence - $500.00
    2. Second Offence - $1000.00
    3. Third Offence - $1500.00
    4. Fourth and subsequent Offence - $2000.00
  8. Administrative Licence Application fine ($500.00) if an unlicensed STRA applies for a licence after being found in non-compliance.

In addition to Administrative Monetary Penalties, the Township may issue fines (Part 1 Ticket) or initiate proceedings (summons to court) under the Provincial Offences Act. If a conviction is obtained, the fines are up to a maximum of 100,000.00 under the Ontario Municipal Act and subject to possible court orders prohibiting the use of the property as an STRA.

What is the benefit to having an STRA next door compared to nuisance neighbours?

The STRA Licensing Bylaw (Bylaw 2020.11) requirements permit the Township to inspect, review property use, and require all those properties used as STRA’s to be safe, in compliance with municipal bylaws and Provincial Statutes. It also provides inspection powers, enforcement tools and the ability to prevent short-term rental accommodations from causing a disturbance in a neighbourhood. For example, if a short-term rental accommodation is causing a nuisance and being loud, the noise restrictions come into place, and monetary penalties can be enforced. If your neighbour is causing a nuisance and being loud, only the locations in the noise bylaw (Lagoon City and Bayshore Village) would apply.  

The person next door to me rents their house for longer than 29 consecutive days at a time. Would their property be regulated under the STRA Licensing bylaw?

The above-noted rules, regulations and bylaw requirements in STRA Licensing Bylaw 2020.11 do not apply to rentals of 29 or more consecutive days. In addition, many of the enforcement powers afforded under the STRA Licensing Bylaw do not apply to owner-occupied properties, which are only regulated by standard municipal bylaws.  

Are fireworks allowed at the STRA licenced locations?

On July 28,2021, Council adopted Bylaw 2021.60 to amend Bylaw 2019.40.  The Bylaw states that fireworks are NOT permitted at any Short-Term Rental accommodation location. 

Feedback

We want to hear from the residents in the community on how STRAs are running in the community and any suggestions or comments they want US to know about. Submit your comments on our forum in order to help improve our processes and communication. 

Submit your Feedback

Apply online for STRA

Short-Term Rental Accommodation Waiting List Application 

On October 25, 2021, Bylaw 2021.87 was passed and amended STRA Licensing Bylaw 2020.11 to include a minimum setback between licenced STRA locations in the Township. Under the new setback requirements, a new licence to operate a short-term rental accommodation shall not be granted to a property owner/operator if the proposed STRA location is within 300 metres of a property currently holding an STRA license. 

The Township has created a Waiting List to determine the priority in which the Township shall issue new licenses if a license becomes available. If your proposed STRA location is within 300 metres of a currently licensed location, please complete the application below to be added to the waiting list. Names shall be added to the waiting list based on the date and time they are received and will determine the priority in which new licenses are issued. 

To determine if you're within 300 metres of a licenced location, please consult the following:

  • Current list of licensed locations (found below)
  • Township's STRA mapping (click 'Short-Term Rental Buffer' under Bylaw)
  • Contacting the Township at licensing@ramara.ca.

Questions

I am on the waiting list, what happens next?
Suppose a license becomes available for your location. In that case, the Township will contact you and provide you with fifteen (15) days to file a completed application along with payment of the licensing fee, failure to file the completed application within this time will result in your name being removed from the list and the next person contacted.
How do I determine if my proposed STRA location is within 300-metre of another STRA location?

To determine if you're within 300 metres of a licenced location, please consult the following:

  • Current list of licensed locations (found below)
  • Township's STRA mapping (click 'Short-Term Rental Buffer' under Bylaw)
  • Contacting the Township at licensing@ramara.ca.
I have determined I am not within 300 metres of another STRA location, can I apply for a STRA licence?
If you are an owner or operator of a proposed STRA location and are not located within 300 metres of a licensed STRA location, you are not required to apply for the waiting list, and you may complete a standard application for a license.

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Fireworks

Sign stating no fireworks in STRA locations

On July 28,2021, Council adopted Bylaw 2021.60 to amend Bylaw 2019.40 - A Bylaw to regulate the use of all types of Fireworks.  The Bylaw states that fireworks are NOT permitted at any Short-Term Rental accommodation location.

Short-Term Rental Accommodation Licensed Locations

In accordance with the Short-term Rental Accommodations Bylaw 2020.11, the location of all licensed short-term rental accommodations in the Township shall be posted on the Township website and include the contact information for the Responsible Person appointed by the operator tasked with the management and response to complaints at the property  Responsible person appointed under the bylaw are available 24/7 to be contacted by tenants, residents and the general public who have a concern or complaint about the use of the property. The appointed person must respond to the licensed location within one (1) hour of being contacted by e-mail or phone. 

Map of Locations 

NOTE: When accessing the map, please click 'Short-Term Rental Accommodation' under the Business and Development tab.

Short Term Rental Accommodation Licensed Locations

#Municipal AddressLicence NumberMaximum OccupancyResponsible PersonContact Information
1 5556 Fawn Bay Road 2021.017 8 Occupants Jim Linn

705-325-3294 (H)

705-321-0029 (C)

Jimlinn07@gmail.com

2 4148 Fountain Drive 2021.032 6 Occupants Leanne Worsford

905-556-0347

lworsford@icompconsulting.ca

3 27 Southview Drive 2021.022 8 Occupants Frank Garcia

416-505-4210

fgarcia@wwe.ca

4 3532 Amilia Drive 2021.023 6 Occupants Bill Duffy

705-326-3915

lakebreezecottage@hotmail.com

5 3700 Portage Bay Road 2021.024 8 Occupants Amanda Bolen

905-615-8402

Maison.meloche3700@gmail.com

6 6576 Quarry Point Road 2021.25 8 Occupants Mark Reyce

705-955-1193

Maxopaxo2002@yahoo.ca

7 7696 South River Road 2021.038 6 Occupant Diana Lynn Kasper

289-322-0359

Deedeekasper71@gmail.com

8 43 Ridge Avenue 2020.019 6 Occupants Oleg Dolghii

647-532-2317

oleg.dolghii@go2cloud.ca

9 76 Poplar Crescent 2021.030 8 Occupants Artemis Meng Li

647-219-3919

Artemis.li@me.com

10 19 Pinetree Court 2020.009 8 Occupants

Myrna Kahan

416-627-7308

Myrna.kahan@yahoo.ca

11 2787 Simcoe Road 2020.008 8 Occupants

Vera Cameron-van

Amelsboort/Gerry Amelsvoort

705-345-8517

veracvanam@gmail.com

12 5442 Fawn Bay Road 2021.035 4 Occupants

Ryan McNutt

905-809-3921

uniquelypottnutt@gmail.com

13 63 Turtle Path 2020.027 8 Occupants

Assunta Hrynkiw

416-358-2784

416-358-2787

Tina.hrynkiw@hotmail.com

14 4067 Dalrymple Drive 2020.023 6 Occupants

Rob Brown

905-868-6556

anneseeley@hotmail.com

15 3617 Southwood Beach Boulevard 2020.012 6 Occupants

Mehdi Madani/

Parissa Mortazavi

416-419-2421

mikemadani@gmail.com

16 111 Creighton Street 2020.031 6 Occupants

Dwayne Clugson

705-794-4600

dwayneclugson@gmail.ca

17 1280 Black Beach Lane 2020.033 6 Occupants

John Bilenkis

647-686-6004

johnbilenkis@gmail.com

18 2024 Lakeshore Drive 2020.003 8 Occupants

Karen Willer

416-948-1342

karenwiller@gmail.com

19 7874 Pineridge Road 2020.034 6 Occupants

Bruce Hunt

705-330-3126

705-330-2126

Brucehunt1964@gmail.com

20 3593 Southwood Beach Boulevard 2020.028 6 Occupants

Paul Omorogiieva

416-824-3522

pomonoyan@yahoo.com

21 6400 Rama Road 2020-002 4 Occupants

Mohammad Roastami

416-318-1569

a.rostami@hotmail.com

22 7609 Somerset Park 2020.035 8 Occupants

Mohammad Yaqoobi

647-993-5871

Suimanyasar5@gmail.com

23 1119 Concession Road 12 2020.037 6 Occupants

Marco Ormonde

705-241-8994

thenorthbymarco@gmail.com

24 8038 Oakridge Drive 2020.039 4 Occupants

Craig Searles

705-205-0693

candginbb@gmail.com

25 7340 Islandview Street 2020.040 6 Occupants

Kerri Fogarty

705-330-6945

kerrifogarty@rogers.com

26 39 Old Indian Trail  2021.001 6 Occupants

Elena Alter

647-895-8838

nuamalter@yahoo.com

27 7848 Riverleigh Drive 2021.002 6 Occupants

Jason/Natasha Stead

705-238-3824

jason@lakelandwindowcleaners.ca

28 3524 Shady Court 2021.009 6 Occupants

Andrei Dementiev

647-999-7039

irinadementiev@gmail.com

29 1249 Ramara Road 47 2021-052 4 Occupants

Seyed Behnam Madanipour

647-500-2361

ben.madanipour@gmail.com 

30 4089 Glen Cedar Drive 2021.007

4 Occupants

 Kerri Bradbury

905-424-2541

kerrib@prosat.ca 

31 4188 Glencoe Beach Road 2020.032

8 Occupants

Gerry Sanders

647-403-0601

Gerrysanders720@gmail.com

32 7811 Oakridge Drive 2020.025

8 Occupants

Christine Glenn

905-473-3192

416-616-0415

christine@trafficsource.ca

33 36 Turtle Path 2020.041

8 Occupants

Cindy Poon

437-775-7422

cpcc3333@outlook.com

34 6312 Bluebird Street 2021.019

6 Occupants

Cassandra Obidzinski

416-899-4261

416-902-1886

bluebirdcottagerental@gmail.com

35 5 Ridge Avenue 2021.016

8 Occupants

Maria Xielenski

705-481-1045

maria@zielenski.com

36 4289 Plum Point Road 2021.021

4 Occupants

Patricia Anders

705-330-5767

pseatonanders@gmail.com

37 5552 Rama Road 2021.020

6 Occupants

Brian Fairman

705-321-1771

647-291-1010

Blue555244@gmail.com

38 4185 Orkney Beach Road 2021.018

6 Occupants

Severn/Muskoka Cottage Rentals

705-330-7333

info@severnmuskokacottagerentals.com

39 74 Turtle Path 2021.015

8 Occupants

Jennifer Siu

514-546-8788

Jennifer.sie@mail.mcgill.ca

40 7318 Glen Ellen Drive 2021.013

8 Occupants

Rizwan Rabbani

647-818-5587

sunny@mybollywoodbody.com

41 1303 Ramara Road 47 2021.014

6 Occupants

Mary Ludes

647-338-1724

Lmanuvetpillai@gmail.com

42 82 Laguna Parkway 2021.010

8 Occupants

Zichen Zhuang

647-831-3989

Zzc5231917@hotmail.com

43 3662 Glenrest Drive 2021.029

8 Occupants

Nicholas Maillet

416-937-7171

agrifoodcanada@gmail.com

44 2719 Lone Birch Trail 2021.031 8 Occupants

Makail Noor

647-410-4558

noorm0304@hotmail.com

45 1322 Black Beach Lane 2021.034 8 Occupants Elif Atici

647-447-4843

elif.atici@yahoo.ca

46 66 Turtle Path 2021.035 8 Occupants Reza Mortazavi

416-732-0009

reza.mortazavi17@gmail.com

47  1D Old Indian Trail 2021.036  6 Occupants  Ryan Alves

647-223-7702

ryanalves777@gmail.com

48  4003 Glen Cedar Drive  2021.037 6 Occupants  Krish Ramesha

416-856-2226

4003glencedar@gmail.com

49 3470 Amilia Drive 2021-028

8

Occupants

Rachel Gillespie

416-819-7224

littleducklingcabins@gmail.com

50 10 Beaver Trail 2021-039

8

Occupants

Natalia Sidor

416-828-3183

nsidor123@gmail.com

51 8112 Rama Road 2021-026

6

Occupants

Kevin Amos

705-331-9489

amoskev@gmail.com

52 6232 Bluebird Street 2021-042

6

Occupants

Marjam Mehajer

647-975-5959

marjanm22@yahoo.ca55

53 2392 Concession Road F&G 2021-043

8

Occupants

Wesley Toth

705-716-2793

tothconstruction@hotmail.com

54 7150 Beach Drive 2021-011

6

Occupants 

Ligaya Byrch

705-619-2400

ligayabyrch@hotmail.com

55 7710 Birch Drive 2021-003

6 Occupants

Irene Fergusson

416-894-3134

irenefer989@gmail.com

 56  3756 Glenrest Drive  2021-052  6 Occupants  Karen Sealy

 416-428-1156

karen@sealydesigninc.com

 57

 7457

Island

Crescent 

 2021-040

 6

Occupants

 Tina Comber

 705-791-5563

superhostcleaningservice@gmail.com

 58

 2801

Furniss

Crescent

 2021-004

 6

Occupants

 Keyi Zhang

 416-826-9772

keyi.zhang01@gmail.com