Are you offering short-term accommodation?
By Danielle Warfe
19 November 2018
If you’re offering short- or medium-term accommodation, you may need a permit.
Consumer Building and Occupational Services are planning to audit visitor accommodation premises over 2018-2019 to ensure visitor safety and that owners are aware of their obligations, so here’s what you need to know.
You don’t need a planning permit for visitor accommodation if you’re renting out your main residence (i.e. where you live) for either short periods while you’re away or a maximum of 4 bedrooms. This includes bedrooms in ancillary granny flats or studios that share parking and service connections with your main residence.
If you’re renting out more than 4 bedrooms in your home, or renting out an investment property or shack, then you’ll need to apply for a planning permit using the Visitor Accommodation Standard Application package.
Building and occupancy permits
You don’t need new building or occupancy permits if you’re renting out a maximum of 4 bedrooms in your main residence for visitor accommodation. Again, this includes bedrooms in an ancillary granny flat or studio.
If you’re renting out more than 4 bedrooms in your home, or renting out an investment property or shack, you’ll need to complete the Building Self-Assessment Form in the Visitor Accommodation Standard Application package. This form is your declaration that:
- The building will be used in accordance with the existing occupancy permit, or that there is no occupancy permit because the building was constructed before 1994.
- The building is connected to a reticulated water supply, or private water supply that meets the requirements of the Public Health Act 1997.
- The building is connected to a reticulated sewerage system, or an onsite wastewater treatment system that will not be used by more occupants than it was designed for.
- The building is maintained in accordance with its Schedule of Maintenance (if applicable), or has smoke alarms (with a 10-yr non-removeable lithium battery or hardwired and interconnected) located between the bedrooms and the remainder of the premises, or in each hallway associated with a bedroom, as well as in all other storeys if the building is multi-storey.
- The building has emergency evacuation lighting and clearly marked and mapped exit signs if it is multi-storey.
If the investment property or shack you’re renting out is larger than 200 m2 in floor area, then it may require a change in building classification and a new occupancy permit reflecting that classification. We can help you out with this.
If you need to do building work to convert your home to visitor accommodation, you may need a building permit depending on the extent of work required. And you may also need to consider access for people with a disability or review your Bushfire Hazard Area Management Plan. Again, we can help out with this so contact us for advice.