Bed & Breakfast Working Group

The Town of Banff is seeking feedback on Bed and Breakfast regulations – how we can improve them, and how we can help maintain the high level of service visitors have come to expect from Banff’s B and Bs.

To do this, a working group is being formed to review Bed and Breakfast regulations and to then make recommendations to council. The group will have a maximum of 10 members made up of current B and B operators, a B and B Inn owner, a hotel operator, and members of the general public.

The focus of the working group will be:

  • The Bed and Breakfast quota
  • Enforcement options
  • Options to strengthen the accessory nature of Bed and Breakfasts
  • Opportunities for Bed and Breakfasts in heritage properties
  • Options for Bed and Breakfast Inns
  • Discussions on property taxes and fees related to Bed and Breakfasts
  • The impact of any changes to regulations on existing Bed and Breakfasts

The application process has now closed.

Meeting Dates

The working group meetings are open to the public and any member of public attending the meeting, attend as gallery to observe. The discussion within the meetings will take place among the working group members, with public input allowed at the discretion of the facilitator. 

Reference Materials (PDF)


Terms of Reference - Bed & Breakfast Working Group


1.1    The Bed and Breakfast Working Group (Working Group) shall be comprised of Ten (10) members consisting of:

  • Three (3) existing Bed and Breakfast Home operators or current Bed and Breakfast Home applicants;
  • One (1) existing Bed and Breakfast Inn owner;
  • One (1) Banff Hotel operator; and,
  • Five (5) members of the public who are not current Bed and Breakfast Home or Inn operators or current Bed and Breakfast Home Applicants. Preference will be given to those with proven experience and/or knowledge of: Banff heritage; finances and property tax; destination marketing; housing sustainability; residing adjacent to, or in close proximity of, existing Bed and Breakfast’s; and/or, development.

1.2    Should more applications be received than the number of positions available, members of the Working Group will be appointed by the Director of Planning and Development from eligible applications.

1.3    An applicant is required to meet the member criteria as specified in the application form.

1.4    Only one application per person shall be accepted.

1.5    An applicant may only apply to hold one of the member positions listed in 1.1(a) – (d).

1.6    For the purposes of this Working Group, a member who serves on another Council Committee shall be eligible for this Working Group.

1.7    The Working Group shall elect a chairperson at their first meeting.


2.1    The purpose of the Working Group shall be to review and provide recommendations to the Town of Banff Council (Council), by way of a report, with respect to:

  • The maximum number of Bed and Breakfasts permitted through Schedule ‘D’ of the Land Use Bylaw;
  • Options for enforcement measures within the Land Use Bylaw for commercial accommodation in residential properties;
  • Options for additional regulations in an effort to strengthen the intent that Bed and Breakfast Homes remain an accessory use and do not negatively impact housing;
  • Options for amendments to the current regulations regarding new Bed and Breakfast Home applications for heritage properties;
  • Options for amendments to the regulations regarding Bed and Breakfast Inns;
  • Options for amendments to the relevant bylaws with regards to property tax and/or fees and renewals relating to Bed and Breakfast to explore a differential tax rate associated with Bed and Breakfasts;
  • Impacts of changes on existing Bed and Breakfasts; and,
  • Other amendments to the Land Use Bylaw related to Bed and Breakfasts.


3.1    The Working Group is advisory in nature, making recommendations to Council by way of a report.

3.2    The report shall have a target date of October 1, 2019.

3.3    The chairperson and/or another Working Group member shall present the Working Group’s recommendations to Council.

3.4    All decisions and recommendations of the Working Group will endeavour to be made through a consensus based approach. Consensus does not mean a decision that is perfect for all participants. It does mean a decision that all participants can live with, and that all participants agree to support the decision. For issues where consensus cannot be reached, the majority vote will determine the final decision.


4.1    The Working Group will determine the meeting schedule they require to complete their mandate.

4.2    The Working Group meetings are open to the public while allowing in camera meetings where necessary.

4.3    Any public attending the meeting,  attend as gallery to observe,  and that all discussion within the meeting take place among the working group members, with public input allowed at the discretion of the facilitator.  

5.0    LIAISON

5.1    A member/members of Planning and Development shall attend the Working Group meetings to act in an advisory capacity as a non-voting member.

5.2    A third-party facilitator will be engaged to aid the Working Group.

5.3    A member of Administration shall provide administrative support to the Working Group.


6.1    Information relating to, and discussions of, the Working Group shall remain confidential until after the report has been presented to Council.