Whitby Short-Term Rentals - Have Your Say!

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The Town is working to create new rules, regulations, and licensing standards for short-term rentals and short-term rental companies ex. Airbnb, Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO), HomeAway operating in Whitby. Short-term rentals include properties that are rented out as temporary accommodations for consecutive periods of twenty-eight (28) days or less.

The goal: to balance support for local tourism with the need to address community concerns associated with short-term rentals, such as noise, garbage, and parking.

Project Background

In 2019, at Council direction, Town staff began the process of exploring short-term rental regulations for Whitby. To date, the process has included a thorough review of how municipalities in Durham Region and across the province were addressing the issue of short-term rentals, and how short-term rental rules and regulations were impacting their communities.

Next Steps

Feedback collected will help inform Whitby Town Council as they make a decision on regulations and licensing standards for short-term rentals and short-term rental companies.

Have Your Say!

As part of the process, you're invited to share your thoughts and experiences with short-term rentals in Whitby to help inform possible new regulations.

Here's how to get involved:

  • Complete the survey by Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
  • Submit your email in the STAY INFORMED box to receive email updates as the project moves forward.


The Town is working to create new rules, regulations, and licensing standards for short-term rentals and short-term rental companies ex. Airbnb, Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO), HomeAway operating in Whitby. Short-term rentals include properties that are rented out as temporary accommodations for consecutive periods of twenty-eight (28) days or less.

The goal: to balance support for local tourism with the need to address community concerns associated with short-term rentals, such as noise, garbage, and parking.

Project Background

In 2019, at Council direction, Town staff began the process of exploring short-term rental regulations for Whitby. To date, the process has included a thorough review of how municipalities in Durham Region and across the province were addressing the issue of short-term rentals, and how short-term rental rules and regulations were impacting their communities.

Next Steps

Feedback collected will help inform Whitby Town Council as they make a decision on regulations and licensing standards for short-term rentals and short-term rental companies.

Have Your Say!

As part of the process, you're invited to share your thoughts and experiences with short-term rentals in Whitby to help inform possible new regulations.

Here's how to get involved:

  • Complete the survey by Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
  • Submit your email in the STAY INFORMED box to receive email updates as the project moves forward.


  • The Town of Whitby is undertaking community and stakeholder engagement to discuss regulations and licensing standards for short-term rentals (STR) and STR companies (e.g. Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, etc.) operating within the town.

    Short-term rentals include properties that are rented out as temporary accommodations for consecutive periods of twenty-eight (28) days or less. The total number of days rented cannot exceed a combined total of 180 days in a calendar year.

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