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Bylaw relating to a Tourism Accommodation Levy in the City of Saint John


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Public Notice is hereby given that the Common Council of The City of Saint John intends to consider adopting a by-law relating to a Tourism Accommodation Levy at its regular meeting to be held in the Council Chamber on Monday, November 4, 2019.  Some of the key facets of the By-law include:

  • The new Tourism Accommodation Levy is to begin on January 1st, 2020.

  • The funds collected will continue to be invested into tourism promotion and development.

  • A levy of 3.5% will be applied.

  • The City of Saint John will collect and administer the levy (Finance and Administrative Services).

  • No minimum threshold of number of rooms for operators.

  • Those exempt from the levy include:

    • student who is accommodated in a building owned or operated by a post-secondary educational institution while the student is registered;

    • accommodated in a room for more than 31 consecutive days.

  • Monthly reporting will be expected from participating operators.

  • Clarity on interest, liens, enforcement and offence (fines and administrative penalties).

The City of Saint John Bylaw defines “tourism accommodation” as: “any premises operated to provide, for remuneration, temporary sleeping accommodation for the public for a continuous period not exceeding 31 days, and includes hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, resorts, hostels, campgrounds consisting of tents, yurts, cabins and trailer sites, buildings owned or operated by a post-secondary institution, any other facility or building which contains  rooms offered as accommodations or rental units and dwelling units that are offered as lodgings.

The proposed by-law may be inspected by any interested person at the office of the Common Clerk, City Hall, 15 Market Square, Saint John, NB between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, inclusive, holidays excepted.

The proposed Tourism Accommodation Levy By-Law may be read in summary only if no member of Council objects. 

Jonathan Taylor, Common Clerk

(506) 658-2862

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