Bed & Breakfast Homes
Short-term Accommodations Bylaw Review
With online platforms such as AirBnB and VRBO becoming popular accommodation options for both residents and visitors, the City is reviewing the existing bylaw regulations for short-term accommodations. Residents are invited to provide input into the review process by completing an online survey and/or attending the Come-and-Go Open House on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Frances Morrison Library (presentations will run hourly starting at 4:30 p.m.).
The results of this public consultation will be used to shape the direction of short-term accommodation regulations in Saskatoon and assist the City in gaining a better understanding of the issue as it relates to our community.
City Council approves all Bed & Breakfast Homes. The standards for Bed & Breakfast Homes are intended to seek a balance between supporting a quiet, safe, and aesthetic residential environment while supporting the aspirations of home based entrepreneurs.
The following is designed to familiarize prospective operators of a Bed & Breakfast Home with the City's Zoning Bylaw requirements.
- Zoning Bylaw Requirements
- Bed and Breakfast Homes may only be permitted at the discretion of City Council in the following Residential and Institutional Service Zoning Districts: R1, R1A, R1B, R2, R2A, RMTN, RMTN1, RM1, RM2, RM3, RM4, RM5, M1, M2 and MX1 Districts.
A "bed and breakfast home" means an accessory use of a dwelling unit for a business which provides accommodations, and is secondary and incidental to the primary use of the dwelling as a residence.
Bed and Breakfast Home Development Standards:
The following regulations apply to all Bed & Breakfast Homes:
- Must be the principal residence of the operator.
- Maximum occupancy is three guest bedrooms.
- Only one meal per day may be served to guests, and this meal must be served before 12:00 noon.
- A minimum of one off-street parking space for residents plus at least one off-street parking space for guests must be provided. Required parking spaces may be permitted in a required front yard. Off-street parking must be clearly demarcated, and be hard surfaced.
- A sign advertising the Bed and Breakfast operation is limited to a window sign having a maximum letter size of .09 metres (approximately 3.5 inches) in height. A sign cannot be installed without a sign permit.
Building Code Requirements
In order to verify compliance with safety standards, it is recommended that a special inspection be requested from Building Standards. The special inspection will identify upgrades that may be required by the National Building Code. Prospective operators of Bed and Breakfast Homes should contact the Community Services Department during the preparation of their business plan in order to be fully aware of all inspections, upgrades, and approvals for their property prior to applying for Discretionary Use approval.
Discretionary Use Application
To apply for approval of a Bed & Breakfast Home in your residence, you must file a Discretionary Use Application for consideration by City Council.
Upon approval by City Council, a commercial business license will be required from the City of Saskatoon to operate a Bed and Breakfast Home.
Bed and Breakfast Homes are also inspected and licensed by the Safe Communities Department, Public Health Services. These homes must meet the requirements of the Saskatchewan Public Accommodation Regulations including the approval of a detailed floor plan. If you are interested in operating a Bed and Breakfast Home, please contact a Public Health inspector at 306-655-4605 during the preparation of your business plan.
Saskatoon Health Region