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Community Services

Hostel Licence

A hostel is a dwelling where:

  • Sleeping accommodations and shared cooking facilities are rented
  • No individual is allowed to rent sleeping accommodations for a period of more than 28 consecutive days

The definition of a hostel does not include:

  • A facility licensed or otherwise regulated in its provision of accommodations by the Government of Manitoba or the Government of Canada
  • A hospital, a sanatorium or a facility designated by regulations under The Mental Health Act
  • A personal care home licensed under The Health Services Insurance Act
  • A residential care facility licensed under The Social Services Administration Act
  • A shared facilities dwelling
  • A bed and breakfast establishment

Application Process:

There are several ways to access the hostel licence application form:


Upon application, Community By-Law Enforcement Services will coordinate the following:

  • Verification from a City employee authorized to administer and enforce the Winnipeg Zoning By-law or the Downtown Winnipeg Zoning By-law that operation of the hostel on the premises proposed is permitted under one of those two zoning by-laws
  • Verification from an individual authorized to administer and enforce the Neighbourhood Liveability By-law that the operation of the hostel on the premises proposed would not violate that By-law
  • An occupancy permit authorizing the hostel to occupy the premises for which the Licence is sought
  • Verification from the Fire Paramedic Chief or delegate that the operation of the hostel on the proposed premises meets the requirements of the Fire Prevention By-law, the Manitoba Fire Code and other regulatory requirements relating to fire safety
  • A certificate from the Record Review Board Winnipeg Police Service



Fees are not permitted to be pro-rated or reduced, however, a recent Council approved amendment to the Doing Business in Winnipeg By-law now allows annual licences to be taken at any time of the year.  Licences are valid for one year from date of purchase.

Renewal Period:



Fire Inspection and Property Standards Inspection - Community By-Law Enforcement Services

On-line Form:

Application for Business Licence

More Information:

Click here for more information about this Licence

Contact Information:

Community By-Law Enforcement Services

Other Information:


Last update: September 5, 2019