The Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme 2017 (the Scheme) has provisions for all types of accommodation and requires the assessment of a proposal to consider the potential impacts of the immediate neighbourhood.
Where the permanent resident of the dwelling house or unit resides in the dwelling or unit whilst renting part of it out for short-term rental, the use is defined as a Home based business provided that the function and scale of the short-term rental is subordinate to the primary use of the premises as a private permanent residence.
A Home based business does not require approval from Council in residential zones where complying with all of the following criteria:
Where not complying with these requirements, a development application to Council is required.
Note: Please consult the Home based business code for the acceptable outcomes.
Where the owner/long term tenant of the dwelling or unit does not reside in the dwelling or unit and rents out all or part of the dwelling or unit for short-term rental, typically not exceeding three consecutive months, the use is defined as Short-term accommodation.
To find out if you need to obtain a development permit, Council has prepared a Guideline and Application Form Kit. Please use the Checklist in the Guideline to determine whether your property meets the minimum requirements for short-term accommodation. If it does, you will need to lodge one of three different applications. The Guideline shows how to prepare and lodge each application type.
Please note: depending on where your property is situated, your development application may need to be referred to the State Government for assessment, in addition to Council's assessment. The State charges fees for these referrals which can be confirmed in discussions with state planners.
Additional approvals may be required before a proposed use can lawfully commence. Development permits for building work, operational works (e.g. excavation and filling, placing an advertising device on premises) or plumbing and drainage work may be required.
Other licences, for example a Food and Accommodation Licence may be required. Please contact Council to determine if other approval and/or licences are required.
All existing and potential short-term rental providers are encouraged to check with their insurance providers, lease agreements, and body corporate rules in addition to checking and making the appropriate applications with Council.
Need further information?
For further specific information on Home based business or Short-term accommodation contact Council’s planning department on 4945 0651 or lodge your enquiry via firstname.lastname@example.org.