City policy paves way for Airbnb ease Kristie Lim
BAYSWATER Council approved a shortterm accommodation policy, ending two years of planning, at last month’s committee meeting.
Councillors voted in March to hold workshops to refine its draft short-term accommodation policy.
The council had previously voted to defer its decision in 2015 and again in February 2017.
There are 150 Airbnb properties in the City of Bayswater, with most located in Maylands and Bayswater.
As part of the policy, property owners will not need planning approval to host no more than 10 guests at any one time and parking will have to be contained on site or adjoining verge area.
The City will review the impact of the policy after 12 months.
According to an officer’s report, the policy reflected the current Airbnb market and practice rather than the WA Planning Commission’s 2009 holiday home accommodation guidelines.
Deputy Mayor Stephanie Coates said there were not many complaints made about the properties.
“I’ve heard in my time probably two... some of them (properties) have been operating for seven or more years without any complaints,” Cr Coates said.
“My reason for 10 (people) is I have a family of five and when I go on holiday with our best friends they are a family of five, we would look at a house together and we would not be party central, it’s just two families on holiday.
“I want to minimise the red tape and allow it to operate as it should.”
Cr Brent Fleeton said Airbnb had a strict set of guidelines for people to adhere to and residents’ concerns about noise and parking could be dealt with by the City’s rangers.
Bayswater Deputy Mayor Stephanie Coates.