Short Stay Accommodation Act 2019

Is your property listed on a short stay accommodation website?

The Tasmanian Government has introduced legislation that requires people listing short stay accommodation on websites like Airbnb and HomeAway to indicate that they are complying with existing planning requirements.

The Short Stay Accommodation Act 2019 serves two important roles. It ensures that everyone is ‘playing by the rules’ in relation to the current planning requirements for short stay accommodation, and gives a clear indication of the extent that housing is used for short stay accommodation in Tasmania.

The legislation applies to both new and existing property listings in residential areas on websites. It requires certain information about the property including permit numbers to be supplied to the website operator.

Visit the Short Stay Accommodation Act 2019  page for more information.

Do I need a permit to host Short Stay Accommodation?

Answer the following questions:

  • Is your dwelling used by you (as owner or occupier) as your main place of residence and only let while you are on vacation or are temporarily absent? Or;
  • Is your dwelling used by you (as owner or occupier) as your main place of residence and visitors are accommodated in not more than four bedrooms.

If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, you meet the ‘home-sharing’ exemption and do not require a permit.

If you answered ‘no’ to either of these questions you will need to apply for a permit from your local council. The Government has produced a standard application package that it is lodged with the relevant council.

Visit the Exemption and Standards for Visitor Accommodation in Planning Schemes page for more information and links to application packages.

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