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

The Minister, after considering the report and recommendations of the Tasmanian Planning Commission, has determined to issue Planning Directive No. 6 – Exemption and Standards for Visitor Accommodation in Planning Schemes 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 comes into effect on 1 July 2018 replacing Interim Planning Directive No. 2 and implements 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 will 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 come 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.

Download the issued Planning Directive No. 6 – Exemption and Standards for Visitor Accommodation in Planning Schemes (pdf, 156.5 KB)

The requirements in Interim Planning Directive No. 2 will continue to apply to any applications for visitor accommodation use lodged with local councils prior to 1 July 2018 along with the previously issued Standard Application Package:

An Information Sheet on the new requirements for visitor accommodation use and updated Standard Application Package will be made available from 1 July 2018.