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

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.


Short-Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) Application Form

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


 If complaints are filed with the Responsible Person and no action is undertaken, please forward your complaint to the Township of Ramara at 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. 


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. 

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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


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
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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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)

2 4148 Fountain Drive 2021.032 6 Occupants Leanne Worsford


3 27 Southview Drive 2021.022 8 Occupants Frank Garcia


4 3532 Amilia Drive 2021.023 6 Occupants Bill Duffy


5 3700 Portage Bay Road 2021.024 8 Occupants Amanda Bolen


6 6576 Quarry Point Road 2021.025 8 Occupants Mark Reyce


7 7696 South River Road 2021.038 6 Occupant Diana Lynn Kasper


8 43 Ridge Avenue 2021.055 6 Occupants Oleg Dolghii


9 76 Poplar Crescent 2021.030 8 Occupants Artemis Meng Li


10 19 Pinetree Court 2021.056 8 Occupants

Myrna Kahan


11 2787 Simcoe Road 2021.048 8 Occupants

Vera Cameron-van

Amelsboort/Gerry Amelsvoort


12 5442 Fawn Bay Road 2021.035 4 Occupants

Ryan McNutt


13 63 Turtle Path 2020.027 8 Occupants

Assunta Hrynkiw



14 4067 Dalrymple Drive 2020.023 6 Occupants

Rob Brown


15 3617 Southwood Beach Boulevard 2020.012 6 Occupants

Mehdi Madani/

Parissa Mortazavi


16 111 Creighton Street 2020.031 6 Occupants

Dwayne Clugson


17 1280 Black Beach Lane 2020.033 6 Occupants

John Bilenkis


18 7874 Pineridge Road 2020.034 6 Occupants

Bruce Hunt



19 3593 Southwood Beach Boulevard 2020.028 6 Occupants

Paul Omorogiieva


20 6400 Rama Road 2020-002 4 Occupants

Mohammad Roastami


21 7609 Somerset Park 2020.035 8 Occupants

Mohammad Yaqoobi


22 1119 Concession Road 12 2020.037 6 Occupants

Marco Ormonde


23 8038 Oakridge Drive 2020.039 4 Occupants

Craig Searles


24 7430 Islandview Street 2020.040 6 Occupants

Kerri Fogarty


25 39 Old Indian Trail  2021.001 6 Occupants

Elena Alter


26 7848 Riverleigh Drive 2021.002 6 Occupants

Alex Alousis


27 3524 Shady Court 2021.009 6 Occupants

Andrei Dementiev


28 1249 Ramara Road 47 2021-052 4 Occupants

Seyed Behnam Madanipour


29 4089 Glen Cedar Drive 2021.007

4 Occupants

 Kerri Bradbury


30 4188 Glencoe Beach Road 2020.032

8 Occupants

Gerry Sanders


31 7811 Oakridge Drive 2020.025

8 Occupants

Christine Glenn



32 6312 Bluebird Street 2021.019

6 Occupants

Cassandra Obidzinski



33 5 Ridge Avenue 2021.016

8 Occupants

Maria Xielenski


34 4289 Plum Point Road 2021.021

4 Occupants

Patricia Anders


35 5552 Rama Road 2021.020

6 Occupants

Brian Fairman



36 4185 Orkney Beach Road 2021.018

6 Occupants

Severn/Muskoka Cottage Rentals


37 40 Ridge Ave 2021.058

8 Occupants

Greg Cardelli


38 7318 Glen Ellen Drive 2021.013

8 Occupants

Rizwan Rabbani


39 1303 Ramara Road 47 2021.014

6 Occupants

Mary Ludes


40 82 Laguna Parkway 2021.010

8 Occupants

Zichen Zhuang


41 3662 Glenrest Drive 2021.029

8 Occupants

Nicholas Maillet


42 1322 Black Beach Lane 2021.034 8 Occupants Elif Atici


43 66 Turtle Path 2021.035 8 Occupants Reza Mortazavi


44  1D Old Indian Trail 2021.036  6 Occupants  Ryan Alves


45  4003 Glen Cedar Drive  2021.037 6 Occupants  Krish Ramesha


46 3470 Amilia Drive 2021.028



Rachel Gillespie


47 10 Beaver Trail 2021.039



Natalia Sidor


48 8112 Rama Road 2021.026



Kevin Amos


49 6232 Bluebird Street 2021.042



Marjam Mehajer



50 2392 Concession Road F&G 2021.043



Wesley Toth


51 7150 Beach Drive 2021.011



Ligaya Byrch


52 7710 Birch Drive 2021.003

6 Occupants

Irene Fergusson


53  3756 Glenrest Drive  2021.052 6 Occupants  Joseph Stott









 Tina Comber









 Keyi Zhang


56 2770 Lone Birch Trail  2021.044 6 Occupants  Joseph Tso


57 2 Old Indian Trail 2021.027 6 Occupants Arnon Lemud


58 4787 Concession Rd. 10 2022.003 6 Occupants Maria Rolo Rica


59 77 Lake Ave. 2022.002 4 Occupants Elefteri Ratchev 


60 151 Creighton St. 2022.005 8 Occupants David Moore


61 7194 Beach Dr. 2022-001 4 Occupants Dayaa Al Zoubi


62 2909 Bayview Drive 2022-006 8 Occupants Bunnie Blinder-Schwartz


63 2192 Lakeshore Drive 2022-007 6 Occupants Adam Schachter