Business Licence Bylaw Changes

Posted: December 19, 2017

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Business Licence Amendment Bylaw No. 858.09, 2017

If you are the operator of a short-term rental, bed & breakfast, commercial guest house, etc., please take note that the “District of Tofino Business Licence Bylaw No. 858, 2000”  has recently been amended with changes affecting this sector. Existing businesses can expect a letter in early January, 2018 outlining the following change: 

Effective December 14th, 2017:

17 (e)    An operator of a Bed and Breakfast, Short Term Rental or Commercial Guest House shall display their valid District of Tofino business licence number on any marketing, advertisements or promotions for the business. (Bylaw No. 858.09)

Why was this change made?
As the community is aware, in 2016 the District of Tofino began proactive enforcement of unlawful vacation rentals and tourist accommodation businesses.  This new provision has been added to ensure the public is neither misled nor confused as to which vacation rental properties are lawfully licenced to operate within the District of Tofino.  

Who is affected?
All operators of short term rentals, bed & breakfasts, and commercial guest houses will be required to display their valid District of Tofino business licence number on any marketing, advertisements or promotions for their business.  This includes any third party online advertisements. More information about short term rentals and other business licencing requirements can be found at www.tofino.ca/Short-term-rentals

What happens now?
Please ensure you make the appropriate changes to any and all forms of marketing in relation to your business or property. Current business owners in this sector will recieve a letter in January detailing this new provision. District Licence Inspectors will be reviewing all businesses under these classifications to ensure compliance.  Failure to comply will result in a set fine amount of $250.00 for each day that an offence occurs.

Thank you, your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Jayson Towers
Business Licence Inspector
jtowers@tofino.ca
250-725-3229 ext. 605