Residential Rental Housing Licensing

Recent Information

The City of North Bay would like to remind landlords and tenants that By-law #2012-55 is in effect. City officials will be conducting random inspections and responding to complaints regarding residential rental units in the regulated area. Non-compliant properties will be identified and administered to under the Municipal Act and Provincial Offences Act of Ontario.

Please note that as part of the scheduled phase-in of this by-law, the regulated area will be expanding January 1st, 2016. When this occurs, the entirety of the City of North Bay will be included in the By-law.

If you have any questions about the RRHL by-law please contact the City for more information at 705-474-0400.


North Bay has experienced a significant increase in the number of residential dwellings being purchased by individuals and businesses for the purpose of renting.

The City of North Bay considers it necessary and desirable for the public to regulate the renting of residential premises for reasons of health and safety, ensuring required essentials are provided, ensuring such properties do not create a nuisance to the surrounding neighborhood and to protect the residential density, amenity, character and stability of the residential areas.

The City of North Bay has passed By-law 2011-184 which regulates rental housing within the Community. The By-law comes into effect on January 1, 2012 with the first licenses being issued in May 2012. An updated Residential Rental Housing Licensing By-law 2012-55 has now been passed to reflect some minor changes and By-law 2011-184 was repealed.

All dwelling units that are used for rental accommodation are subject to the By-law, where:

  • They are zoned through the City of North Bay's Zoning By-law 2015-30 as R1, R2, R3, R5, R6, RM1
  • They are within the area being regulated (the whole City will be covered by January 1st, 2016)
  • There are 3 to 5 rental bedrooms, with or without the homeowner living in the dwelling

Where the homeowner is living in the dwelling, they may rent up to 2 rental bedrooms without a license.


Designated Area

General Information

  • The Residential Rental Housing By-law 2012-55 came into effect on March 5, 2012. The By-law requires all properties with 3 to 5 rental bedrooms to obtain a license from the City.
  • The By-law limits the number of rental bedrooms to 5. The exception is owner occupied dwellings with 2 or less renters.
  • In order to obtain a license an inspection would be required by the City's Fire, Building and Zoning Departments in addition to an initial inspection by an electrical contractor.
  • The license will be valid for 2 years from the date of issuance.
  • The fee for the initial license and renewals is $300.
  • The By-law now applies to the entire City of North Bay.

Rental Inspection Process

  • Inspections will generally occur on Wednesdays and will be coordinated through Building Services
  • Please call 705-474-0400 ext. 2415 to arrange your inspection.
  • Please give one month to have your inspection completed.
  • During inspections, access to all rooms and areas must be available.
  • The inspection will be completed by at least 2 members of City Staff to ensure that your rental accommodation meets the requirements of the By-law
  • A separate inspection will be required from an qualified licensed electrical contractor or qualified inspection authority.  A report from the inspector indicating compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code is required as part of the approval process.

Application Process

  • Your application along with all required documentation and associated fee should be submitted to the Clerk's Department, 5th Floor, City Hall.
  • Your application will be forwarded to the Planning and Building Services to ensure all information is provided and complete.
  • An inspection of your property will be coordinated through Building Services.
  • Providing all necessary information is provided, your application is complete, and your rental premises meets all requirements of the Residential Rental Housing Licensing By-law, a license will be issued and be valid for a 2 year period from the date of issuance.
  • The license must be displayed within the rental accommodation within 1 metre of the main entrance.

Application Forms & Additional Information

Additional information and educational material is included below:


Elizabeth Courville
 Zoning Administrator
 (705) 474-0400 x2401
Beverley Hillier
 Manager, Planning & Building Services
 (705) 474-0400 x2403