Short Term Rentals and B&Bs

On this page you will find the following:

For convenience, please find below a List of Licenced Short Term Rentals/B&Bs in Tofino.

What is considered a Short Term Rental?

Short-Term Rentals and Vacation Rentals are terms that are used interchangeably. From a land-use and zoning perspective, they are commercial uses rather than residential uses. Short-term rentals are defined as rentals for a period of less than one month.

The District of Tofino Zoning Bylaw defines the terms as follows:

  • Short-Term Rental means temporary accommodation use located in a secondary suite, caretaker cottage, or principal residence.
  • Bed and Breakfast means a business located in a single family dwelling that provides temporary accommodation to the travelling public and includes the provision of breakfast by the owner/occupant.
Where are Short Term Rentals permitted?

Short-term rentals are allowed in the R1, R4, RA1, RA2, RA3, A1, A2, A3, A4, and CD(EL) zones, as well as the Fred Tibbs condos.

To find the zoning of a particular property, use our GIS Portal.

What are the rules?

Regulations regarding Short Term Rentals are found in two Bylaws:

This Bylaw requires owners or operators of buisnesses to hold valid business licences, sets the licence fees and establishes different regulations for different classes of business.

*NEW* An amendment passed at the December 14th, 2017 Council meeting requires owners or operators of tourist accommodation businesses to display their valid District of Tofino business licence number on any marketing, advertisements or promotions for the business. (Bylaw No. 858.09, 2017)
See more.

This Bylaw divides the District of Tofino into zones, and provides regulations governing the use of land, buildings, structures, parking, and landscaping. 

Proactive Enforcement

Since 2016, District of Tofino Council has authorized a proactive approach to enforcement of unlawful short-term rentals. This means that staff are actively enforcing compliance in this sector through inspections and investigations.

The Enforcement Process:

District staff gather information about existing short-term rentals in Tofino using “Host Compliance” software. "Host Compliance" allows staff to find current and past advertisements of short term rentals listed on a variety of online platforms using proprietary software and methods. Staff’s review of the listings indicates that there are several categories of non-compliance:

  • Short-term rentals offered and occurring where there is no business license;
  • Short-term rentals offered and occurring where not permitted by zoning:
  • Short-term rentals offered where there is no primary resident;
  • Multiple short-term rentals offered and occurring where only a single short-term rental is permitted.

Actions Taken:

  1. Send letters to every property owner in Tofino outlining what is permitted and prohibited for short-term rentals as well as the District’s plans for moving toward proactive enforcement. (July 2016 Letter)
  2. Amend short-term rental business license fees to meet enforcement costs. (Bylaw No. 858.08)
  3. Dedicate more resources to allow for direct and proactive enforcement. (Business Licence Inspector)
  4. Using Host Compliance and onsite inspections, prepare a list of vacation rentals that are in compliance with District bylaws and compare against information of known short-term rentals. (See List Below)
  5. Contact observed non-compliant property owners.
  6. Increase enforcement activity on non-compliant properties that includes:
    • Consideration of suspending business licenses.
    • Issuing fines to businesses operating unlawfully.
    • Issuing fines to agencies facilitating unlawful rentals.
    • Prosecution of bylaw offences in BC Supreme Court and Adjudication.

Over 65 Tickets were issued in 2017 for Short Term Rental non-compliance

To view Adjudication Notices for tickets that are being disputed, Click Here.

Staff are committed to working with all owners to come into compliance. 

How to get a Business Licence for Short Term Rentals

To obtain a District of Tofino Business Licence, make sure you have taken the following steps:

List of Licenced Short Term Rentals and B&Bs

Please find below a list of the short term rental properties that have 2018 District of Tofino Business Licences.*

*NOTE: While current business licences have been issued for 2018, this does not confirm compliance with all District bylaws. The District of Tofino is currently reviewing business licenses and working with owners to gain compliance with all applicable bylaws.

This list will be updated quarterly by District staff. 

Last Updated: July , 2018

Name
#14 FRED TIBBS
1342 CHESTERMAN BEACH
241 CAMPBELL STREET
371 TONQUIN
ABALONE INN
ADAM SMALLWOOD
ADRIENNE'S LOFT
AFRICAN BEACH CABIN
ALAQUA  0739317 BC LTD
ALDERVIEW TOFINO
ALISON MURFITT
ANGLER'S INN
ARNET HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
ARTISTS NOOK VACATION RENTAL
BAYVIEW
BEACH BREAK LODGE B & B
BEACH LOFT
BEACH NEST
BIRD SANCTUARY HOUSE & SUITES
BLACK BEAR GUESTHOUSE
BLUE BEAR BED & BREAKFAST
BLUE HERON GUEST HOUSE
BOTANICAL HOUSE
BRIMAR B & B
BROWNING PASS CABIN
BY THE BAY
CAMBRIAN ARBORICULTURE CONSULTANTS
CAPTAIN'S QUARTERS
CASITA TOFINO
CATHERINE STOREY
CEDAR NOOK
CEDAR SANDS
CEDAR SURF
CEDARSHACK
CEDARVIEW
CEDARWOOD COVE
CHESTERMAN BEACH COTTAGE SUITE
CHESTERMAN BEACH ESTATES SUITE
CHESTERMAN BEACH FINE ART VACATION HOUSE
CHESTERMAN CABIN
CHESTERMAN COTTAGE
CHESTERMAN GUEST BEACH HOUSE
CHESTERMAN HIDEAWAY
CHESTERMAN ON THE POINT
CHINOOK VACATION RENTALS 1
CHINOOK VACATION RENTALS 2
CLAYOQUOT ASSOCIATES, DBA CLAYOQUOT CEDAR HOUSE
CLAYOQUOT CALM
CLAYOQUOT VIEW
COASTAL HAVEN
COBBLE WOOD GUESTHOUSE
COSTA AZUL
COX BAY CABIN
COX BAY RETREAT
CYPRE SUITES
DANCING CEDARS GUEST HOUSE
DOUG WRIGHT VACATION RENTAL
DREAM CATCHER
DUNES CABIN
EAGLES NEST
EAGLEVIEW
EBB AND FLOW GUEST HOUSE
EMERALD FOREST B & B
EMMA NEILL
ERISKAY
FERNWOOD BY THE SEA
FOREST EDGE ACCOMMODATIONS
FOREST VIEW CABIN
FRED TIBBS #17 SEA SHELL
FRED TIBBS #19
FRED TIBBS #20
FRED TIBBS #6
FRED TIBBS CONDO #10
FRED TIBBS CONDO 22
GOLD COAST RETREAT
GOLD'S COTTAGE
GREY WOLF GUEST SUITE
HARBOUR HIDEAWAY
HARBOURFRONT GUEST SUITE
HEMLOCK HIDEAWAY
HIGH TIDE
HIGHTIDE HIDEAWAY
HILLTOP HAVEN
HUMMING BIRD B&B
ISLAND VISTA
JARMOS
J-BAY GUEST HOUSE
JEFF MIKUS
JENSENS BAY RETREAT
JENSENS BAY WATERFRONT CABIN
JUDI'S SEASIDE COTTAGE
LA VIE EN ROSE
LATCHFORD WORLD HOLDINGS LTD
LIGHTHOUSE INN
LONE CONE GUEST SUITES
LUCKY EAGLE GUEST LODGE
MACKENZIE DYNAMICS CONTRACTING
MANA HOUSE
MARINERS GUESTHOUSE
MARK SAGER
MEARES RETREAT
MEARESVIEW
MICHELS CABIN
MOON SHADOW
NALU HOUSE
NATURE'S EDGE GUEST HOUSE
NETTY'S BED & BREAKFAST
NOOTKA HOUSE
OCEAN DREAM
OCEAN HILL HOUSE
OCEAN ON THE BEACH RETREAT
ON THE BEACH GUEST SUITE
OSA HOUSE TOFINO
OSPREY BEACH HOUSE
PACIFIC BREEZE PROPERTIES , DBA/ SEASTAR B&B
PACIFICA RENTALS
PADDLERS POINT
PAT ROBERTSON, HERON COTTAGE
PORT-O-CALL
PORTOFINO
RAINCOAST RETREAT
RAINFOREST RETREAT
RAVENS RETREAT
RAY OF SUNSHINE
RED CROW GUEST HOUSE
ROCKFISH GUESTSUITE
RUSTY ANCHOR
SAILFIN SUITE
SALAL
SALAL FOREST SUITE
SALT VACATION RENTAL
SAND DOLLAR GUEST HOUSE
SANDPIPER BEACH HOUSE
SAUNA HOUSE B&B
SEA CHANGE , DBA/THE DEN
SEA ROGUE GUEST HOUSE
SEA STAR BEACH RETREAT
SEABROOK
SEAFARER'S
SEAS THE DAY
SEASIDE
SEASPRAY
SHOREWIND PLACE
SIENNA'S TREE HOUSE
SLACK TIDE INN
SPINDRIFT
SPYGLASS
STARLIGHT SUITE
STAY COLD HOLDINGS LTD
STELLER'S JAY RETREAT
STORM BAY B & B, John Burchett
STORM BAY GUEST HOUSE
STORM WATCH SUITES
STORMFRONT TOFINO
SUITE SANCTUARY
SUMMERHILL GUEST HOUSE
SUMMERISLE COTTAGE
SUNRISE SUITE
SUNSET HOUSE ON ROSIE BAY
SUNSET LOFT TOFINO
SUPREME EIK LANDING WATERFRONT VIEW
SURF SANCTUARY
TAPASYA
THE ANCHOR AT CHESTERMAN BEACH
THE BEACON GUESTHOUSE
THE BIRDS NEST
THE BLUE CABIN
THE BRICK HOUSE
THE COUGAR DEN
THE COZY CURLEW
THE DUNES
THE EAGLES NEST TOFINO
THE FLOWER FOREST GUESTHOUSE
THE HEARTS GARDEN TEMPLE AND SPA
THE HOLIDAY HOUSE
THE HYGGE HOUSE
THE LOFT
THE NOOK
THE OSPREY SUITE
THE POINT AT CHESTERMAN
THE TIDELINE
THE TUG BOAT INN
THE WHIMBREL CABIN
TIBBS 26
TIDAL RETREAT
TIDAL VIEW
TIDES INN BED & BREAKFAST
TIGH-NA CLAYOQUOT
TOFINO - OSPRAY LODGE B&B
TOFINO BEACH HOUSE
TOFINO BEACH OASIS
TOFINO CABINAS
TOFINO CEDAR HOME
TOFINO DREAM COTTAGE
TOFINO FOREST HOUSE
TOFINO HOUSE
TOFINO OYSTER CATCHER SUITE
TOFINO PANORAMA
TOFINO RETREAT
TOFINO SEASCAPE
TOFINO SKYLODGE
TOFINO SURF CABIN
TOFINO TRAVELLERS GUESTHOUSE
TOFINO TREE HOUSE
TOFINO TREK-INN B&B
TOFINO VIEW HOUSE
TOFINO WATERFRONT CONDO
TOFINO WATERFRONT STUDIO
TONQUIN BEACH SUITE
TONQUIN POINT STUDIO
TRANQUIL ACCOMMODATIONS
TREE FERN GUEST HOUSE
TREEFROG ACCOMMODATIONS
TREETOP SUITE, DBA/ TOFINO FAMILY HOME & HOBBY FARM
TSUGA HOUSE
VISTA HERMOSA ENTERPRISES, DBA VISTA HERMOSA
VISTA HERMOSA ENTERPRISES, DBA VISTA HERMOSA 2
WARDOWEST DOCKSIDE LODGE
WARDOWEST RED CEDAR RETREAT
WATERS EDGE
WEST COAST CEDAR SUITE
WEST COAST FAMILY HOME
WEST COAST HIDEAWAY
WET FEET RETREAT
WILD LIGHT TOFINO
WITSEND
WOLFS DEN JENSENS BAY
YACHT HOUSE
YEW WOOD HIDEAWAY SUITE
YEW WOOD RETREAT
YEW WOOD STAY B&B
ZOES @ NORTH BEACH

To learn more, contact:

Damon Johnson
Business Licence Inspector
djohnson@tofino.ca
250-725-3229 ext. 605