Issuing of Planning Directive No. 6 – Exemption and Standards for Visitor Accommodation in Planning Schemes

The Minister for Planning, after considering the report and recommendations of the Tasmanian Planning Commission, issued Planning Directive No. 6 – Exemption and Standards for Visitor Accommodation in Planning Schemes on 13 June 2018 in accordance with former section 13(1)(a) and (4) of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 in the form as modified by the Commission.

Download the Tasmanian Planning Commission’s report and recommendations (external link).

Planning Directive No. 6 came into effect on 1 July 2018 replacing Interim Planning Directive No. 2 and implemented changes to the requirements for new visitor accommodation use in residential zones which do not meet the ‘home-sharing’ exemption.

From 1 July 2018, exemptions from planning and building approval still apply if a dwelling is used by the owner or occupier as their main place of residence and:

  • it is let out to visitors while the owner or occupier is on vacation or temporarily absent or
  • not more than 4 bedrooms are let out to visitors.

The exemption applies across all zones in current planning schemes.

Key changes that came into effect on 1 July 2018

  • a reduction in the ‘Permitted’ floor area from 300m2 to 200m2 per lot for visitor accommodation use within existing habitable buildings in residential zones
  • new requirements for the consideration of visitor accommodation use that form part of a strata scheme (e.g. multiple dwellings or apartments) in residential zones in interim planning schemes
  • reinstating the limitations on visitor accommodation in Battery Point that were in place prior to 1 July 2017 and
  • limitations on visitor accommodation use within the Wapping area under the Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme 1997 if it has a floor area of more than 200m2 per lot and forms part of a strata scheme.

A minor modification to Planning Directive No. 6 was issued by the Minister on 1 August 2018 to clarify the operation of Acceptable Solution A1 in clause 3.1(e).

Download the issued Planning Directive No. 6 – Exemption and Standards for Visitor Accommodation in Planning Schemes (pdf, 160.3 KB).

Download a summary of the new requirements for Visitor Accommodation Advice on PD6 - Exemption and Standards for Visitor Accommodation (pdf, 220.9 KB)

To find out more about the changes to the requirements for visitor accommodation use in residential zones, review the Information Sheet VA1 – Changes to Requirements for Visitor Accommodation Use in Planning Schemes (pdf, 158.2 KB).

A new Standard Application Package is also available for applications for visitor accommodation use in the residential zones: