Western Australian Planning Commission

Published on Wednesday, 8 December 2021 at 8:26:06 AM


The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) has released the draft Position Statement: Planning for Tourism and draft Planning for Tourism Guidelines for public comment.

These documents were informed by the State Government’s response to the 2019 Parliamentary inquiry Levelling the Playing Field – Managing the impact of the rapid increase of Short-Term Rental in Western Australia.

The draft Position Statement amalgamates and updates existing tourism planning guidance, and gives clear direction to local governments on how they can better regulate short-term rental accommodation within their local planning frameworks. It also provides updated definitions on the use of houses, units and apartments for short-term rental accommodation, and seeks comment on whether providers of un-hosted and hosted accommodation should be exempt from requiring development approval in certain circumstances.

Once finalised the new Position Statement and accompanying Guidelines will supersede Planning Bulletin 49 Caravan Parks (May 2014), Planning Bulletin 83 Planning for Tourism (June 2013), Planning Bulletin 99 Holiday Homes Guidelines (September 2009), Holiday Home Guidelines - short stay use of residential dwellings (2009) and Tourism Planning Guidelines (2014).
It is then proposed that:

  • definitions for short term accommodation and hosted accommodation as described in the Position Statement be inserted into the deemed provisions (Schedule 2, cl. 1) of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (Regulations);
  • hosted accommodation which does not exceed a maximum of four adult persons (or one family) and a maximum of two guest bedrooms and un-hosted 2 accommodation where the dwelling is let for no more than 60 days per calendar year, will be exempt from the requirement for development approval (Schedule 2, cl. 61) of the Regulations; and
  • other land use definitions will be inserted in the model provisions in Schedule 1 cl. 37 of the Regulations.

To have your say on the draft Position Statement and Guidelines visit WA DPLH - Citizen Space

Alternatively, written submissions can be posted to:
Western Australian Planning Commission,
Locked Bag 2506,
Perth WA 6001.

Public comment closes at 5pm Monday 7 March 2022 and late submissions will not be considered.

As well as feedback on the draft Position Statement and Guidelines the WAPC, on behalf of the Minister for Planning, would also like your organisation’s comments on the above proposed changes to the Regulations in accordance with s.256 of the Planning and Development Act 2005. Any comments on the Regulations can be incorporated into your response on the position statement.

The proposed changes within the Position Statement will impact all short-term rental operators in Western Australia, and we are particularly interested in getting their feedback on the proposed development approval exemptions for some forms of hosted and
un-hosted accommodation.

If you have any questions, please contact Land Use Planning Policy via tourism@dplh.wa.gov.au.

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