Visitor Accommodation Reforms

Information sheets

Planning Reform documents

FAQs

Do the accommodation sharing reforms make it harder on homeowners to enter the market?

The reforms actually ease current restrictions on accommodation sharing, making it easier to list and rent your own home on sites like Airbnb.

Under old regulations, use of any building to accommodate paying visitors—even sharing spare rooms in your own home—required a planning permit. The reformed regulations eliminate the need for a planning permit when accommodation sharing in your own home (up to 4 bedrooms). Now there are no forms to fill out and no fees to pay irrespective of where you live.

For homeowners seeking to share their own homes with more than 4 bedrooms (or investment properties smaller than 300m2), a new simple, standardised permit process will replace varying and often complex regional requirements.

Read our Information Sheet - Visitor Accommodation Use – 1 July 2017 (pdf, 175.6 KB) for more information.

How exactly are you cutting red tape for me to list/share my own home?

Under old regulations, any homeowners seeking to share their home had to apply for a planning or building permit and pay whatever fee the local council charged for the type of permit required. Common planning application fees ranged from $90 to $384.

In our mission to ease the visitor accommodation process, we have completely eliminated fees for homeowners sharing their own residence of up to 4 bedrooms.

In instances where permits are required, the fees are capped at $250. Councils may continue to charge less, but cannot charge more than $250.

Read our Information Sheet - Visitor Accommodation Use – 1 July 2017 (pdf, 175.6 KB) for more information.

What impact do the accommodation sharing reforms have on my current home share?

None. The changes only affect people seeking to enter the market. Any existing operators that are legally operating are unaffected. Any operators that do not have the currently required permits can utilise the new simplified processes if they do not fall under the broad exemption.

Read our Information Sheet - Visitor Accommodation Use – 1 July 2017 (pdf, 175.6 KB) for more information.