Holiday homes for rent get new rules
People who own holiday homes in Jurien Bay and Cervantes will be required to register them with Dandaragan Shire and comply with a raft of requirements if they are to rent them out.
The requirements under a new Shire policy include fire safety, limits on parking and the number of occupants, maximum occupation periods of three months and development approval.
In a report to the council, Shire planning officer Rory MacKay said staff would begin contacting known non-compliant holiday home landowners with properties listed on websites such as Airbnb.
He said they would inform these owners of the application process and invite them to lodge a development application for their premises.
Shire president Leslee Holmes said there would be a period of grace before the Shire enforced the new policy.
In the meantime, she said the State Government was likely to enact a holiday homes policy that would apply to local authorities that did not have one.
“They realise we have got to have standard across-the-board regulations to meet the expectations of the traveller in terms of safety,” Ms Holmes said.
“We have been able to develop a policy that will be specific to our travellers and their needs rather than wait for the State Government to give us a policy that may not be suitable.
“Shire staff have done a fantastic job to put us on the front foot.”
Last month, all councillors voted to adopt the new policy.
Dandaragan Shire president Leslee Holmes.