On August 23, 2021, Council amended bylaw Bylaw 2020.11  to add that fireworks are not permitted at any Short-Term Rental Accommodation location. 

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. On June 14, 2021, Council adopted Bylaw 2021.43 to Amend Bylaw 2021.11 - 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

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 comply with the Ontario Planning Act and Township of Ramara Zoning Bylaw;
  3. The building must comply with the Ontario Fire Code & Fire Prevention and Protection Act;
  4. 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;
  5. Property Taxes and all township accounts must be in good standing, and no debts to the Township are permitted;
  6. Property, accessory buildings and primary dwellings are all subject to licensing, property standards, building code and fire code inspections, and
  7. 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.  

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. 

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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 1249 Ramara Road 47 2020.021 4 Occupants

Seyed Behnam

Madanipour

647-500-2361

Ben.madanipour@gmail.com

11 1253 Ramara Road 47 2020.022 4 Occupants

Shirley Lorenzoni

Carlo Lorenzoni

 

905-989-2510

905-251-9749

lorent@rogers.com

12 19 Pinetree Court 2020.009 8 Occupants

Myrna Kahan

416-627-7308

Myrna.kahan@yahoo.ca

13 2787 Simicoe Road 2020.008 8 Occupants

Vera Cameron-van

Amelsboort/Gerry Amelsvoort

705-345-8517

Vera_row@hotmail.com

14 5442 Fawn Bay Road 2020.020 4 Occupants

Ryan McNutt

905-809-3921

uniquelypottnutt@gmail.com

15 63 Turtle Path 2020.027 8 Occupants

Assunta Hrynkiw

416-358-2784

416-358-2787

Tina.hrynkiw@hotmail.com

16 4067 Dalrymple Drive 2020.023 6 Occupants

Rob Brown

905-868-6556

anneseeley@hotmail.com

17 3617 Southwood Beach Boulevard 2020.012 6 Occupants

Mehdi Madani/

Parissa Mortazavi

416-419-2421

mikemadani@gmail.com

18 111 Creighton Street 2020.031 6 Occupants

Dwayne Clugson

705-794-4600

dwayneglugson@gmail.com

19 1280 Black Beach Lane 2020.033 6 Occupants

John Bilenkis

647-686-6004

johnbilenkis@gmail.com

20 2024 Lakeshore Drive 2020.003 8 Occupants

Karen Willer

416-948-1342

karenwiller@gmail.com

21 7874 Pineridge Road 2020.034 6 Occupants

Bruce Hunt

705-330-3126

705-330-2126

Brucehunt1964@gmail.com

22 3593 Southwood Beach Boulevard 2020.028 6 Occupants

Paul Omorogiieva

416-824-3522

pomonoyan@yahoo.com

23 6400 Rama Road 2020-002 4 Occupants

Mohammad Roastami

416-318-1569

a.rostami@hotmail.com

24 7609 Somerset Park 2020.035 8 Occupants

Mohammad Yaqoobi

647-993-5871

Suimanyasar5@gmail.com

25 1119 Concession Road 12 2020.037 6 Occupants

Marco Ormonde

705-241-8994

thenorthbymarco@gmail.com

26 8038 Oakridge Drive 2020.039 4 Occupants

Craig Searles

705-205-0693

candgimbb@gmail.com

27 7340 Islandview Street 2020.040 6 Occupants

Kerri Fogarty

705-330-6945

kerrifogarty@rogers.com

28 39 Old Indian Trail  2021.001 6 Occupants

Elena Alter

647-895-8838

nuamalter@yahoo.com

29 7848 Riverleigh Drive 2021.002 6 Occupants

Jason/Natasha Stead

705-238-3824

jason@lakelandwindowcleaners.ca

30 3524 Shady Court 2021.009 6 Occupants

Andrei Dementiev

647-999-7039

irinadementiev@gmail.com

31 4027 Glen Cedar Drive 2021.005 4 Occupants

Melissa McKee

705-238-9897 (text only)

705-330-1447

melissa_mckee@hotmail.com

32 4089 Glen Cedar Drive 2021.007

4 Occupants

 Kerri Bradbury

905-424-2541

kerrib@prosat.ca 

33 4188 Glencoe Beach Road 2020.032

8 Occupants

Gerry Sanders

647-403-0601

Gerrysanders720@gmail.com

34 7811 Oakridge Drive 2020.025

8 Occupants

Christine Glenn

905-473-3192

416-616-0415

christine@trafficsource.ca

35 36 Turtle Path 2020.041

8 Occupants

Cindy Poon

437-775-7422

cpcc3333@outlook.com

36 6312 Bluebird Street 2021.019

6 Occupants

Cassandra Obidzinski

416-899-4261

416-902-1886

bluebirdcottagerental@gmail.com

37 5 Ridge Avenue 2021.016

8 Occupants

Maria Xielenski

705-481-1045

maria@zielenski.com

38 4289 Plum Point Road 2021.021

4 Occupants

Patricia Anders

705-330-5767

pseatonanders@gmail.com

39 5552 Rama Road 2021.020

6 Occupants

Brian Fairman

705-321-1771

647-291-1010

Blue555244@gmail.com

40 4185 Orkney Beach Road 2021.018

6 Occupants

Severn/Muskoka Cottage Rentals

705-330-7333

info@severnmuskokacottagerentals.com

41 74 Turtle Path 2021.015

8 Occupants

Jennifer Siu

514-546-8788

Jennifer.sie@mail.mcgill.ca

42 7318 Glen Ellen Drive 2021.013

8 Occupants

Rizwan Rabbani

647-818-5587

sunny@mybollywoodbody.com

43 1303 Ramara Road 47 2021.014

6 Occupants

Mary Ludes

647-338-1724

Lmanuvetpillai@gmail.com

44 82 Laguna Parkway 2021.010

8 Occupants

Zichen Zhuang

647-831-3989

Zzc5231917@hotmail.com

45 3662 Glenrest Drive 2021.029

8 Occupants

Nicholas Maillet

416-937-7171

agrifoodcanada@gmail.com

46 2719 Lone Birch Trail 2021.031 8 Occupants

Makail Noor

647-410-4558

noorm0304@hotmail.com

47 1322 Black Beach Lane 2021.034 8 Occupants Elif Atici

647-447-4843

elif.atici@yahoo.ca

48 66 Turtle Path 2021.035 8 Occupants Reza Mortazavi

416-732-0009

reza.mortazavi17@gmail.com

49  1D Old Indian Trail 2021.036  6 Occupants  Ryan Alves

647-223-7702

ryanalves777@gmail.com

50  4003 Glen Cedar Drive  2021.037 6 Occupants  Krish Ramesha

416-856-2226

4003glencedar@gmail.com