City to launch drive to inform on short-stay
Mayor Barry Sammels says councillors consider the market an uneven playing field hence the campaign
The City of Rockingham is launching an education and information campaign to remind potentially unlawful short-stay accommodation providers about the rules and regulations behind operation.
Statewide calls for action from registered providers were answered late last year when the State’s Economics and Industry Standing Committee launched an inquiry into the regulation of shortstay accommodation in WA.
While outcomes from the inquiry are expected to be reported to the Legislative Council by June 27, Rockingham councillors believe a government response could still be 12 months away.
There are more than 200 holiday homes in the Rockingham area listed on websites including Airbnb and Stayz, most of which do not have development approval.
Mayor Barry Sammels said councillors considered the market an uneven playing field, and had launched an education and information campaign to inform holiday homeowners about the City’s requirements and necessary approvals needed to let out a property for short-stay accommodation purposes.
He said the City was committed to protecting the amenity of people living near holiday homes and protecting existing approved businesses, which are compliant with the City’s requirements.
“Even if operators are complying with all the policy requirements of those platforms, they still need development approval from the City,” he said. “If they don’t have it, they must immediately stop letting the house out for short-term accommodation until they do.”
Under the Food Act 2008 all premises that prepare or provide food for sale are required to be registered under the City’s Health Services and inspected accordingly. Swimming pools at holiday homes are considered public pools and require additional approval. The City will continue its complaints-based approach in governing unregistered providers, with owners operating without development approval facing a $500 fine.