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 2017 District of Tofino Business Licences.*

*NOTE: While current business licences have been issued for 2017, 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 monthly by District staff. 

Last Updated: December, 2017

*PLEASE NOTE: This list will be updated Spring, 2018, after annual Business Licence Renewals have been processed.

Name
PORTOFINO
CLAYOQUOT VIEW
HARBOURFRONT GUEST SUITE
FRED TIBBS #6
VISTA HERMOSA ENTERPRISES, DBA VISTA HERMOSA 2
FRED TIBBS CONDO #10
S & T HOLDINGS, DBA SHORELINE SUITE
TOFINO WATERFRONT STUDIO
EAGLEVIEW
ALISON MURFITT
FRED TIBBS #17 SEA SHELL
CAPTAIN'S QUARTERS
FRED TIBBS #19
UNIT 20 FRANK TIBBS
HARBOUR HIDEAWAY
FRED TIBBS CONDO 22
SUNSET LOFT TOFINO
CARRIE MARSHALL VACATION RENTALS
MEARESVIEW
TIBBS 26
VISTA HERMOSA ENTERPRISES, DBA VISTA HERMOSA
TOFINO TREK-INN B&B
TOFINO TRAVELLERS GUESTHOUSE
JARMOS
241 CAMPBELL STREET
LONE CONE GUEST SUITES
TOFINO - OSPRAY LODGE B&B
THE BIRDS NEST
RAVENS NEST
THE BEACON GUESTHOUSE
GOLD'S COTTAGE
THE FLOWER FOREST GUESTHOUSE
ARTISTS NOOK VACATION RENTAL
STORM WATCH SUITES
MEARES RETREAT
TIDES INN BED & BREAKFAST
PACIFIC RETREAT
HILLTOP HAVEN
TONQUIN BEACH SUITE
FIREBIRD GUEST HOUSE TOFINO
ON THE BEACH GUEST SUITE
WATERS EDGE
BLUE BEAR BED & BREAKFAST
371 TONQUIN
BEACH NEST
TONQUIN POINT STUDIO
OSA HOUSE TOFINO
MACKENZIE DYNAMICS CONTRACTING
CAMBRIAN ARBORICULTURE CONSULTANTS
OCEAN HILL HOUSE
STAY COLD HOLDINGS LTD
GREY WOLF GUEST SUITE
WARDOWEST DOCKSIDE LODGE
THE HYGGE HOUSE
STORMFRONT TOFINO
CEDAR NOOK
SAND DOLLAR GUEST HOUSE
ADVENTURE TOFINO B&B
WILD LIGHT TOFINO
LIGHTHOUSE INN
TOFINO CEDAR HOME
SALT VACATION RENTAL
THE TUG BOAT INN
LA VIE EN ROSE
OCEAN BREEZE
EAGLES NEST
RAVENS RETREAT
SPYGLASS
ADRIENNE'S LOFT
JUDI'S SEASIDE COTTAGE
HIGH TIDE
SUPREME EIK LANDING WATERFRONT VIEW
PORT-O-CALL
COSTA AZUL
MOON SHADOW
ISLAND VISTA
DREAM CATCHER
EBB AND FLOW GUEST HOUSE
LUCKY EAGLE GUEST LODGE
TOFINO HOUSE
DANCING CEDARS GUEST HOUSE
ANGLER'S INN
THE BLUE CABIN
PADDLERS POINT
STORM BAY GUEST HOUSE
CYPRE SUITES
STORM BAY B & B
SHOREWIND PLACE
TOFINO OYSTER CATCHER SUITE
ROCKFISH GUESTSUITE
WEST COAST FAMILY HOME
YEW WOOD RETREAT
YEW WOOD STAY B&B
TOFINO SKYLODGE
ADAM SMALLWOOD
TOFINO FAMILY HOME & HOBBY FARM
SEA CHANGE , DBA/THE DEN
HERTAS B&B
OCEAN DREAM
RUSTY ANCHOR
BROWNING PASS CABIN
THE EAGLES NEST TOFINO
TIGH-NA CLAYOQUOT
CLAYOQUOT CALM
ALDERVIEW TOFINO
TOFINO VIEW HOUSE
SEABROOK
RED CROW GUEST HOUSE
CEDAR SURF
SALAL FOREST SUITE
BOTANICAL HOUSE
HUMMING BIRD B&B
RAINCOAST RETREAT
TOFINO CABINAS
SAILFIN SUITE
WEST COAST CEDAR SUITE
THE LOFT
SUITE SANCTUARY
BIRD SANCTUARY HOUSE & SUITES
THE OSPREY SUITE
SUMMERHILL GUEST HOUSE
COBBLE WOOD GUESTHOUSE
FOREST EDGE ACCOMMODATIONS
RAY OF SUNSHINE
CHESTERMAN BEACH COTTAGE SUITE
ZOES @ NORTH BEACH
CHESTERMAN COTTAGE
GULL COTTAGE B&B
WEST COAST ACCOMMODATIONS
NOOTKA HOUSE
SEAFARER'S
STELLER'S JAY RETREAT
ERISKAY
PACIFICA RENTALS
COASTAL HAVEN
THE WHIMBREL CABIN
WITSEND
CEDARWOOD COVE
SUMMERISLE COTTAGE
NATURE'S EDGE GUEST HOUSE
EMERALD FOREST B & B
BY THE BAY
TREE FROG GUEST HOUSE
DAVID AND LEANNE RIVARD
FERNWOOD BY THE SEA
MAXWELL HOUSE - FIR SUITE
DUNES CABIN
THE DUNES
MANA HOUSE
CHESTERMAN BEACH ESTATES SUITE
TOFINO DREAM COTTAGE
CHESTERMAN BEACH FINE ART VACATION HOUSE
CHESTERMAN CABIN
SUNRISE SUITE
HEMLOCK HIDEAWAY
BLACK BEAR GUESTHOUSE
TREE FERN GUEST HOUSE
TIDAL VIEW
TAPASA
WOLFS DEN JENSENS BAY
TIDAL RETREAT
DON LEWIN
TOFINO RETREAT
RAINFOREST RETREAT
TSUGA VACATION HOME
BLUE HERON HOUSE
SURF SANCTUARY
VIEWWEST VACATON RENTALS
TRANQUIL ACCOMMODATIONS
THE NOOK
J-BAY GUEST HOUSE
BAYVIEW
TOFINO PANORAMA
SUNSET HOUSE ON ROSIE BAY
THE COZY CURLEW
CEDAR SANDS
COX BAY CABIN
FOREST VIEW CABIN
SLACK TIDE INN
COX BAY HOME
CASITA TOFINO
TOFINO TREE HOUSE
WEST COAST HIDEAWAY
TOFINO SURF CABIN
CLAYOQUOT ASSOCIATES, DBA CLAYOQUOT CEDAR HOUSE
THE HEARTS GARDEN TEMPLE AND SPA
COX BAY RETREAT
SEA STAR BEACH RETREAT
SAUNA HOUSE B&B
NETTY'S BED & BREAKFAST
WHITEWATER
SPINDRIFT
BRIMAR B & B
TOFINO BEACH OASIS
CHESTERMAN BEACH B&B
SEASIDE
BEACH BREAK LODGE B & B
SANDPIPER BEACH HOUSE
NALU HOUSE
SALAL
THE ANCHOR AT CHESTERMAN BEACH
GOLD COAST RETREAT
CEDARSHACK
TOFINO FOREST HOUSE
ABALONE INN
ALAQUA  0739317 BC LTD
SEASPRAY
THE BRICK HOUSE
MARK SAGER
HARVEY HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
THE POINT AT CHESTERMAN
TOFINO SEASCAPE
TOFINO BEACH HOUSE
BEACH LOFT
MICHELS CABIN
YACHT HOUSE
CHESTERMAN HOUSE
STARLIGHT SUITE
CATHERINE STOREY

To learn more, contact:

Flynn Scott
Bylaw Supervisor
fgray@tofino.ca
250-725-3229 ext. 706