Areas where operating a tourist home is authorized

Last updated May 23, 2024

Would you like to operate a tourist home? Do you need to find out if operating a tourist home is allowed in your area? Find out what rules you need to follow.

Several boroughs have regulated tourist home operation (such as Airbnb). You need a permit and must comply with your borough’s by-laws.

My borough

Shows borough content for
Find a borough to filter the list of search content.

No borough selected.

Occasional rental of your primary residence is permitted almost anywhere in the borough where residential use is permitted. For example, you can temporarily rent out your home as long as it is your primary residence.

You must complete and submit the Corporation de l’Industrie Touristique du Québec’s notice of compliance to the permit counter for approval. Approval will depend on the area and type of accommodation.

Do you have any questions? Contact the permit counter by phone before you go.

Communication channels

Permit counter – Ahuntsic-Cartierville

514-872-3020

555 Rue Chabanel Ouest
Suite 600
Montréal, QC H2N 2H8

Occasional rental of your primary residence is permitted almost anywhere in the borough where residential use is permitted. 

It is prohibited to use a dwelling for short-term tourist accommodation in a dwelling that is not your primary residence.

You must complete and submit the Corporation de l’Industrie Touristique du Québec’s notice of compliance for approval. Approval will depend on the area and type of accommodation.

Do you have any questions? Contact us by phone before you go.

Communication channels

311

Outside of Montréal: 514-872-0311

Monday to Friday: From 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

7701 Boulevard Louis-H.-La Fontaine
Montréal, QC H1K 4B9

No existing dwelling, whether or not it is owner-occupied, may be converted into a tourist residence. However, you may rent out your principal residence for 31 consecutive days or less.    

You must complete and submit the notice of compliance from the Corporation de l’industrie touristique du Québec (CITQ) to the permit counter for approval. You must also get an occupancy permit, also known as a “certificate of occupancy.”   

 You can then take your next steps with the CITQ

This type of rental is authorized only in the following commercial zones:

  • Both sides of Boulevard Décarie between de la Savane and Chemin de la Côte-Saint-Luc
  • Chemin Queen-Mary between Victoria and Clanranald
  • Avenue Victoria between Plamondon and Côte-Sainte-Catherine
  • Avenue Van Horne between Westbury and Lavoie
  • Both sides of Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges between Jean-Talon and Queen-Mary
  • Boulevard Décarie and Avenue Prud’homme between Saint-Jacques and de Maisonneuve
  • Boulevard de Maisonneuve between Décarie and Claremont

A dwelling that is rented under a lease or occupied by its owner, cannot be used as a short-term rental (31 days or less), meaning that it cannot be converted into a tourist home.

Fee

Review fees for a certificate of compliance application: $60 

Required documents

Proof of identity
Proof of residence
CITQ tourist residence certificate of compliance

Learn more

5160 Boulevard Décarie
Montréal, QC H3X 2H9

The operation of a tourist home is prohibited.

This service is not offered in this borough.

Dwelling rented on a regular basis

A dwelling rented on a regular basis is considered a commercial tourist accommodation. This type of rental is authorized only in the following commercial areas:  

  • Boulevard Saint-Laurent between Rue Sherbrooke and Avenue du Mont-Royal
  • Rue Saint-Denis between Rue Sherbrooke Est and Rue Gilford

View the map (in French)

Rental of a primary residence

Because it is associated with the collaborative economy, the rental of a primary residence is authorized throughout the borough.

To rent your principal residence, you must apply for a certificate of occupancy in person at the permit counter. No power of attorney is permitted.

You must complete and submit the notice of compliance (in French) from the Corporation de l’industrie touristique du Québec (CITQ) to the permit counter for approval.

Required documents

You must enclose a copy of these documents with your application:

  • The most recent notice of assessment from Revenu Québec or Canada Revenue Agency as proof of residence. To preserve the confidentiality of your personal information, you must redact (black out) all information except your name and contact details.
  • Valid photo ID with signature.
  • CITQ’s Notice of Compliance for Tourist Accommodation Establishments

Communication channels

201 Avenue Laurier Est
Fifth floor
Montréal, QC H2T 3E6

An apartment that is rented to tourists on a regular basis and that is not your primary residence is considered a tourist home and is authorized solely in residential buildings located on

  • Rue Notre-Dame Ouest between Rue Rose-de-Lima and Rue Charlevoix
  • Rue Peel in the Griffintown area
  • Rue Wellington in the Griffintown area
  • Rue du Square-Gallery between Rue des Bassin and Canal de Lachine.

Two tourist homes must have at least 150 metres between them.

A bed and breakfast is an establishment operated by a person in their dwelling and featuring a separate entrance. It offers four or five rooms where meals can be served. A bed and breakfast is authorized only in certain areas.

Bed and breakfasts and tourist homes require a commercial occupancy certificate.

However, because it is associated with the sharing economy, the occasional rental of your primary residence is permitted across the borough, where residential use is authorized. You must submit a notice of compliance (in french) beforehand by e-mail at [email protected] before initiating steps through the CITQ (Corporation de l’industrie touristique du Québec).

Communication channels

815 Rue Bel-Air
First floor
Montréal, QC H4C 2K4

Occasional rental of a primary residence by the owner and short-term tourist rentals are only permitted in certain areas of Bord-du-lac, Monk and Carré Grilli. Contact the permit counter to find out if your unit is located in one of these areas.

All tourist accommodation is prohibited in the borough.

You may only operate a dwelling as a short-term tourist accommodation if it is your primary residence.

Communication channels

In person

Permit counter – Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

6854 Rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, QC H1N 1E1

Airbnb-type tourist homes are not permitted in the borough.

This service is not offered in this borough.

This service is not offered in this borough.

Occasional rental of your primary residence is permitted almost anywhere in the borough where residential use is permitted. 

It is prohibited to use a dwelling for short-term tourist accommodation in a dwelling that is not your primary residence.

You must complete and submit the Corporation de l’Industrie Touristique du Québec’s notice of compliance to the permit counter for approval. Approval will depend on the area and type of accommodation.

Do you have any questions? Contact the permit counter by phone before you go.

Communication channels

Permit counter – Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles

514-868-4343

12090 Rue Notre-Dame Est
Montréal, QC H1B 2Z1

The temporary rental of an entire dwelling unit is permitted anywhere in the borough when such activity takes place in the operator’s principal residence. In other words, the person occupying a dwelling can rent it temporarily, for example when going on vacation.

Bed and breakfast establishments, where the occupant rents out 4 or 5 rooms to tourists, are only allowed in certain residential areas. In this case as well, it is imperative that this be the operator’s place of residence.

As for apartment hotels, where full dwellings are rented out by people who do not reside in these dwellings, they are only authorized on the section of Rue Saint-Hubert located north of Rue de Bellechasse and south of Rue Jean-Talon Est, corresponding to the site of Plaza Saint-Hubert.

Communication channels

In person

Permit counter – Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie

5650 Rue D'Iberville
Second floor
Montréal, QC H2G 2B3

Short-term rental of a dwelling, part of a dwelling, or apartment is prohibited. This includes primary and secondary homes offered for rental on Airbnb, for example.

Short-term rental of a dwelling unit (31 consecutive days or less) is prohibited, even if it’s your primary residence.

Communication channels

8400 Boulevard Lacordaire
Montréal, QC H1R 3B1

The short-term commercial rental, on a regular basis, of a dwelling that is not the resident’s principal residence, is prohibited in Verdun. 

However, the occasional rental, under certain conditions, is authorized throughout the borough.

Please comply with the following conditions: 

  • The dwelling must be the principal residence of the person renting it.
  • The dwelling must be offered by an individual.
  • The dwelling can be rented to only one person or one group of people at a time. 
  • The offer must not include meals served on site.
  • The rental period must not exceed 31 days. 

For example, a person can rent their dwelling on a temporary basis when they go on vacation or for short periods, on the condition that the dwelling is their principal residence. 

Bed and breakfasts remain authorized in certain areas.

If you want to operate a bed and breakfast, you must do so in your home, offer one to five rooms maximum and serve breakfast on site. The price of breakfast must be included in the price of the room.

You must also get an occupancy permit for commercial, industrial or professional activity.

In all cases, a notice of compliance (in French) must be sent by e-mail before initiating steps through the Corporation de l’industrie touristique du Québec.

Learn more

4555 Rue de Verdun
Suite 109
Montréal, QC H4G 1M4

An apartment that is not your principal residence, but that you rent to tourists on a regular basis, is considered a tourist home and requires a commercial occupancy permit.
This type of tourist rental is authorized only in the following sector (sector M.9): Rue Sainte-Catherine between Rue Saint-Mathieu and Rue Atateken (Amherst)

Tourist homes must be at least 150 metres apart. This use must be authorized by borough council as a conditional use.
However, because it is associated with the sharing economy, the occasional rental of a principal residence is authorized almost everywhere in the borough where residential use is authorized.

See the map (in French)

Communication channels

Permit counter – Ville-Marie

800 Boulevard De Maisonneuve Est
ground floor
Montréal, QC H2L 4L8

Tourist homes are classified into three categories: bed and breakfasts, apartment hotels and hotels. Licensing rules vary by category. In addition to the borough’s authorization, the operation of a tourist home, including the rental of a primary residence, requires a classification certificate issued by the gouvernement du Québec.

Short-term rental of a dwelling unit is limited to areas where the zoning permits hotel and apartment-hotel uses, because the rental of dwellings for tourism purposes is considered a commercial use. This type of rental is generally only permitted on high intensity commercial and residential streets. Before advertising a rental dwelling unit on a tourism site, please check with the permit counter to ensure that this is permitted by the zoning regulations.

Bed and breakfast

A bed and breakfast establishment is one operated by a person in his or her dwelling, has a separate entrance, offers four or five rooms to the public where meals may be served, and requires a bed and breakfast permit (classification certificate) as defined in the Act respecting Tourist Accommodation Establishments.

This type of establishment is permitted in certain residential zones and requires a certificate of occupancy.

Apartment-hotel

This is an establishment located in a building fitted out in such a way as to offer one or more apartments with individual cooking appliances to transient customers.

A dwelling offered for short-term rental (not more than 31 days) on a regular basis is considered an apartment-hotel.

This type of establishment is not generally permitted in the borough. In certain specific zones, it may be subject to a specific authorization from the borough council through the by-law on conditional usages.

However, the occasional rental  of a primary residence is permitted throughout the borough if it is classified as a principal residence establishment as defined in the Act respecting Tourist Accommodation Establishments.

Hotel

This is a commercial establishment located in a building set up to offer rooms or suites with or without individual cooking appliances for rent to transient customers.

This type of establishment is not generally permitted in the borough. In certain commercial zones, it may be subject to a specific authorization from the borough council through the by-law on conditional uses.

Communication channels

Permit counter – Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc Extension

514-868-3509

405 Avenue Ogilvy
Suite 111
Montréal, QC H3N 1M3

Legislation