On Feb. 18, 2018, Alberta Environment Minister Michael De Jong announced the province would require Airbnb hosts to obtain an environmental permit before they could rent out their homes.
But there’s been some confusion over how the process will work.
How will Airbnb host get a permit?
How will they be assessed?
The answers to these questions are contained in a new report from the Alberta Environment Department, which lays out a framework for a licensing regime for the internet-based platform.
This week, CBC Calgary hosted a Q&A session with staff from the Environment and Climate Change Department and Alberta’s Office of the Chief Statistician to get a clearer picture of how the regulatory framework will work, and what it could mean for the online rental market.
Here are some key points: Who will get the permits?
Alberta Environment says the permits will be issued to the Airbnb hosts, but the process for finding them will be similar to other forms of housing rental.
The process will start with a request for information from the province, which will ask the host(s) for information about the location, the type of activity and whether the site meets Alberta’s environmental guidelines.
The hosts will then submit information to the office for assessment, which may include information from local governments and the province’s own website.
What will be the criteria?
The process for assessing an Airbnb hosts licence will be fairly straightforward.
The province says it will look at factors such as a host’s history, number of guests and number of Airbnb listings in the area.
The provincial office will then determine if the hosts have the right to operate and whether they have complied with their terms of licence.
It will also look at whether there are any other requirements the host must meet.
What happens if the host fails to comply?
If the hosts are found to have breached their terms and conditions, the department will revoke the hosts licence.
If the department determines that a host has not met the environmental requirements of their licence, they may have to pay fines up to $10,000 per violation.
The department will also hold a public hearing to determine whether a host should be barred from operating.
Where will the fees go?
The fees will be shared between the host and the Alberta government.
But the department has not yet said how the fee will be distributed, nor have they revealed what percentage of the fee each host will be responsible for.
Who will pay the fee?
The fee will come out of the province�s general revenue fund, which is intended to be used to help fund infrastructure and other projects in the province.
But according to a government briefing note, the fees will not be used for new infrastructure projects, such as roads or public transit.
The fee for Airbnb hosts is not expected to increase beyond the provincial fund, but De Jong said in a news release that the department intends to raise the fee to $50 per day by the end of the fiscal year.