Put this issue to bed
COTTESLOE Mayor Jo Dawkins would like statewide regulation of Airbnb-style accommodation that has prompted complaints of overcrowding, noise, partying and unwanted vehicles.
At a meeting held last month, councillors authorised the chief executive to draft a local law to control unmanaged homes.
It was estimated there may be up to 300 homes on the popular internet-based sharing service in Cottesloe.
Proposals for the law include annually registered homes, limiting guests to six to correspond with the Town’s planning scheme, recording guests and setting minimum parking bays, and removal of annual permits if there were complaints.
The law could also include regulation of fire hazards, the national building code, the Health Act, a complaints procedure, mediation and warnings before any permit was cancelled.
However, Mrs Dawkins said the concerns should be dealt with by the State Government.
“I think it should have been dealt with at a State level so there’s consistency, and so there’s not one rule on one side of a road and one on the other,” she said.
Staff said the local law may only be able to deal with “legal” short stay operations and not encompass those operating outside the Town’s planning schemes.
They said it could limit the council’s ability to police homes that caused complaints.
The draft local law will be advertised for public comment later this year.