Short Stay Accommodation Act 2019
The Short Stay Accommodation Act 2019 (the SSA Act) came into effect on 4 June 2019.
The SSA Act is a direct response to the commitments from the Housing Summit hosted by the Premier of Tasmania on 15 March 2018. Specifically, it delivers a data sharing partnership with booking platforms that offer short stay accommodation in Tasmania.
The SSA Act introduces measures for collecting information on short stay accommodation (sometimes referred to as visitor accommodation) in Tasmania by establishing a data-sharing model with the booking platforms. This provides a coordinated approach for collecting information on short stay accommodation and will:
- provide greater support for local councils in enforcing the existing planning requirements for short stay accommodation under existing planning legislation; and
- allow for a better understanding of the impacts on the broader housing market.
The SSA Act places obligations on the owners or occupiers of premises used for short stay accommodation in Tasmania (the “short stay premises provider”) and the operator of a booking platform that advertises and takes bookings for these premises (the “booking platform provider”).
In summary, the SSA Act:
- requires short stay premises providers to supply certain information on their property to the booking platform provider before their premises is listed on the booking platform;
- requires the booking platform provider to display on the platform the relevant planning permit number for the property, or a statement that a planning permit is not required, or that the property has existing use rights;
- requires the booking platform providers to supply information on the short stay accommodation listed on their platforms to the Director of Building Control at the end of each financial quarter;
- allows for the information collected to be supplied to planning authorities and other State Service departments for the purposes of ensuring compliance with planning and building requirements, for the analysis of the impacts of short stay accommodation on housing, and any other means prescribed by regulation; and
- creates enforcement powers for the Director of Building Control and penalties to ensure short stay premises providers and booking platform providers comply with the requirements.
There is a six (6) month transition period for existing short stay premises providers and booking platform providers to comply with the requirements of the SSA Act. The transition period ends on 4 December 2019.
More information on the SSA Act is available in:
Tailored information packages are also available for short stay premises providers and booking platform providers:
- Information Package for Short Stay Premises Providers (PDF, 309.4 KB)
- Information Package for Booking Platform Providers (PDF, 157.1 KB)
For more information on the current planning requirements for short stay accommodation (referred to as visitor accommodation) is available in:
- Fact Sheet VA 1 – Changes to Requirements for Visitor Accommodation Use in Planning Schemes (PDF, 291.1 KB)
- Planning Directive No. 6 – Exemption and Standards for Visitor Accommodation in Planning Schemes (pdf, 160.3 KB)
- Summary advice on Planning Directive No. 6 – Exemption and Standards for Visitor Accommodation in Planning Schemes (pdf, 220.9 KB)
- Visitor Accommodation Use in Existing Habitable Buildings – Standard Application Package – Word version (docx, 74.2 KB)
- Visitor Accommodation Use in Existing Habitable Buildings – Standard Application Package – PDF version (pdf, 200.2 KB)
More information on the current compliance and enforcement measures for planning controls under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 is available in: