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.

 

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.

 Apply online for STRA

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 2022.024 8 Occupants Jim Linn

705-325-3294 (H)

705-321-0029 (C)

jimlinn07@gmail.com 

2 27 Southview Drive 2022.013 8 Occupants Frank Garcia

416-505-4210

fgarcia@wwe.ca 

3 3532 Amilia Drive 2022.016 6 Occupants Bill Duffy

705-326-3915

lakebreezecottage@hotmail.com 

4 3700 Portage Bay Road 2022.039 8 Occupants Amanda Bolen

905-615-8402

maison.meloche3700@gmail.com 

5 7446 East River Rd. 2022.018 6 Occupants Peter Krolewski

647-237-2766

647-569-6967

asdpete@gmail.com 

6 7696 South River Road 2022.046 6 Occupant John Vettor

905-724-0166

john.vettor@hotmail.com 

7 43 Ridge Avenue 2022.042 6 Occupants Oleg Dolghii

647-532-2317

oleg.dolghii@go2cloud.ca 

8 76 Poplar Crescent 2022.040 8 Occupants Artemis Meng Li

647-219-3919

artemis.li@me.com 

9 19 Pinetree Court 2022.052 8 Occupants

Myrna Kahan

416-627-7308

myrna.kahan@yahoo.ca 

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11 5442 Fawn Bay Road 2022.024 8 Occupants

Ryan McNutt

905-809-3921

uniquelypottnutt@gmail.com 

12 63 Turtle Path 2021.050 8 Occupants

Assunta Hrynkiw

416-358-2784

416-358-2787

tina.hrynkiw@hotmail.com 

13 4067 Dalrymple Drive 2022.027 6 Occupants

Rob Brown

905-868-6556

anneseeley@hotmail.com 

14 3617 Southwood Beach Boulevard 2021.062 6 Occupants

Mehdi Madani/

Parissa Mortazavi

416-419-2421

mikemadani@gmail.com 

15 111 Creighton Street 2022.067 6 Occupants

Dwayne Clugson

705-794-4600

dwayneclugson@gmail.ca 

16 1280 Black Beach Lane 2021.047 6 Occupants

John Bilenkis

647-686-6004

johnbilenkis@gmail.com 

17 7874 Pineridge Road 2021.041 6 Occupants

Bruce Hunt

705-330-3126

705-330-2126

brucehunt1964@gmail.com 

18        

 

19 6400 Rama Road 2021.059 4 Occupants

Mohammad Roastami

416-318-1569

a.rostami@hotmail.com 

20 2367 Lakeshore Dr. 2022.017 8 Occupants

Sukhdev Singh Flora

647-892-7094

sukhflora1@gmail.com 

21 1119 Concession Road 12 2022.045 6 Occupants

Marco Ormonde

705-241-8994

thenorthbymarco@gmail.com 

22 7430 Islandview Street 2022.028 6 Occupants

Kerri Fogarty

705-330-6945

kerrifogarty@rogers.com 

23 39 Old Indian Trail  2022.009 6 Occupants

Elena Alter

647-895-8838

nuamalter@yahoo.com 

24 6533 Pioneer Village Lane 2022.049
 6 Occupants  Munezah Safeer

416-270-4801

munezah.safeer@gmail.com 

25 3524 Shady Court 2022.008 6 Occupants

Andrei Dementiev

647-999-7039

irinadementiev@gmail.com 

26 1249 Ramara Road 47 2022.051 4 Occupants

Seyed Behnam Madanipour

647-500-2361

ben.madanipour@gmail.com  

27 7846 Birch Drive 2022.048 6 Occupants Daniel Semenzato

416-899-5044

daniel.semenzato@hotmail.it   

28 4188 Glencoe Beach Road 2022.044

8 Occupants

Gerry Sanders

647-403-0601

gerrysanders720@gmail.com 

29 7811 Oakridge Drive 2022.043

8 Occupants

Christine Glenn

905-473-3192

416-616-0415

christine@trafficsource.ca 

30 6312 Bluebird Street 2022.014

6 Occupants

Cassandra Obidzinski

416-899-4261

416-902-1886

bluebirdcottagerental@gmail.com 

31 5 Ridge Avenue 2022.015

8 Occupants

Maria Xielenski

705-481-1045

maria@zielenski.com 

32 5552 Rama Road 2022.021

6 Occupants

Brian Fairman

705-321-1771

647-291-1010

blue555244@gmail.com 

33 4185 Orkney Beach Road 2022.032

6 Occupants

Severn/Muskoka Cottage Rentals

705-330-7333

info@severnmuskokacottagerentals.com 

34 40 Ridge Ave 2022.005

8 Occupants

Greg Cardelli

416-910-7066

gcardc561@gmail.com 

35 7318 Glen Ellen Drive 2022.026

8 Occupants

Rizwan Rabbani

647-818-5587

sunny@mybollywoodbody.com 

36 82 Laguna Parkway 2022.020

8 Occupants

Zichen Zhuang

647-831-3989

zzc5231917@hotmail.com 

37 3662 Glenrest Drive 2022.038

8 Occupants

Daniel Johnson

705-852-1295

monnocanada@gmail.com 

 38  3274 Amilia Drive 2022.044  8 Occupants  Aaron Little

705-999-6446 sandypointbeach@hotmail.com 

39 66 Turtle Path 2022.055 8 Occupants Reza Mortazavi

416-732-0009

reza.mortazavi17@gmail.com 

40  1D Old Indian Trail 2022.061  6 Occupants  Ryan Alves

647-223-7702

ryanalves777@gmail.com 

41  4003 Glen Cedar Drive 2022.066 6 Occupants  Krish Ramesha

416-856-2226

kdrelectronix@gmail.com 

42 3470 Amilia Drive 2022.056

8

Occupants

Rachel Gillespie

416-819-7224

littleducklingcabins@gmail.com 

43 10 Beaver Trail 2021.039

8

Occupants

Natalia Sidor

416-828-3183

nsidor123@gmail.com 

44 8112 Rama Road 2021.026

6

Occupants

Kevin Amos

705-331-9489

amoskev@gmail.com 

45 6232 Bluebird Street 2022.057

6

Occupants

Marjam Mehajer

647-975-5959

marjanm22@yahoo.ca55 

46 2392 Concession Road F&G 2021.043

8

Occupants

Wesley Toth

705-716-2793

tothconstruction@hotmail.com 

47 7710 Birch Drive 2021.003

6 Occupants

Irene Fergusson

416-894-3134

irenefer989@gmail.com 

48  3756 Glenrest Drive  2021.052 6 Occupants  Joseph Stott

 647-632-6226

joestott5@gmail.com  

49

 7475

Island

Crescent 

 2021.040

6

Occupants

 Natalie Veitch

 416-735-0434

natdowswell@gmail.com 

50

 2801

Furniss

Crescent

 2022.041

6

Occupants

 Keyi Zhang

 416-826-9772

keyi.zhang01@gmail.com 

51 2770 Lone Birch Trail  2022.069 6 Occupants  Teresa Tso

 416-602-6020

teresa.tso@gmail.com  

52 2 Old Indian Trail
2021.027 6 Occupants Arnon Lemud

416-716-3586

alemud@gmail.com  

53 4787 Byers Lane (Concession Rd. 10) 2022.003 6 Occupants Maria Rolo Rica

249-259-8941

primecleaningservices21@gmail.com 

54 77 Lake Ave. 2022.002 4 Occupants Elefteri Ratchev 

647-298-6856

tratchev@yahoo.com 

55 151 Creighton St. 2022.005 8 Occupants David Moore

416-678-0877

davem@agri-turf.ca  

56 7194 Beach Dr. 2022.001 4 Occupants Dayaa Al Zoubi

647-871-4194

dayaaf@gmail.com 

57 2909 Bayview Drive 2022.006 8 Occupants Bunnie Blinder-Schwartz

416-508-7545

bunnieschwartz1957@gmail.com  

58 2192 Lakeshore Drive 2022.007 6 Occupants Adam Schachter

416-587-3944

adam@thefhegroup.com  

59 6148 Bluebird St. 2022.029 6 Occupants Karanbir Sing

647-400-7900

desibarrie@gmail.com 

60 6014 Mariposa Beach Rd. 2022.004 6 Occupants Razi Shafiq

647-952-2209

mariposabeachrd@gmail.com 

61

82 Bayshore

Drive

2022.030

Occupants

Brian Labonte

647-300-9189

Brian.Labonte@outlook.com 

62 4283 Plum Point Road 2022.031

4

Occupants

Catherine Ross

905-847-2146

Catherineross50@gmail.com 

63 3593 Southwood Beach BLVD. 2021.057

6 Occupants

Paul Omorogieva

416-824-3522

pomonoyan@yahoo.com 

64 7150 Beach Drive 2021.011

6 Occupants

Ligaya Byrch

705-619-2400

ligayabyrch@hotmail.com 

65 4126 McRae Park Road 2022.036

6 Occupants

Tim Mullen

705-321-1165

tim.mullen@rogers.com 

66 2573 Lakeshore Drive 2022.037

8 Occupants

Paula Dourado

416-587-4139

paulaspdourado@gmail.com 

67 5794 Victoria Park Road 2022.023

6 Occupants

Margaret Gucciardi

905-409-7328

margaretgucciardi@yahoo.com 

68 6605 Pioneer Village Lane 2022.034

4 Occupants

Joey Sipos

705-309-1780

shanahan-fan@hotmail.com 

69 8098 Laidlaw Avenue 2022.047

6 Occupants

Rod Johnson

705-627-1321

rodjohnson@outlook.com 

70 1322 Black Beach Lane 2022.019

8 Occupants

Elif Atici

647-447-4845

elif.atici@yahoo.ca 

71 3836 Glenrest Drive 2022.053

8 Occupants

Joseph Stott

647-632-6226

josephs@reuven.com 

72 7842 Park Lane Crescent 2022.054

6 Occupants

Tony Manni

416-856-8701

tony.manni1@gmail.com