The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is seeking public input on how it governs short-term rentals (STRs).

This spring, staff undertook a community consultation process to share the proposed criteria for the implementation of STRs via temporary use permits, said  RDEK Planner Justin Cook. “We received well over 300 comments (from stakeholders) and appreciate the time and thoughtful comments provided,” he added.

One of the main changes includes differences between application types and costs for each type of STR temporary use permit application. In addition, there are a number of revisions that have been made including changes to the maximum number of guests, allowing for additional guests in alpine resort and rural properties; revisions to off-street parking requirements; floor/fire safety plan requirements; and additional requirements for use of fire pits. To view the list of changes and revisions, visit

The public comment period will be open until noon on June 28. The comment form along with the revised criteria, newsletters and additional information is available on the project page at or by contacting the Planning & Development Services Department at the RDEK.

The comments received will be considered as the criteria are finalized before being presented to the board for review and consideration at the July 9 meeting. 

The regulation of short-term rentals is anticipated to begin later this year.