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Short term rental accommodation under review

Short term rental accommodation under review

Proposed amendments to planning rules

The proposed amendments will introduce state-wide planning rules, including a new land use definition, approval pathways and safety standards. 

The state-wide planning rules are part of a recently announced Government framework for short-term rental accommodation (STRA) in NSW. The framework also includes an industry-wide mandatory Code of Conduct and changes to strata legislation.

The proposed amendments to planning rules will:

  • Introduce a single definition for STRA;
  • Introduce exempt and complying development pathways that enable STRA as:
    • Exempt development for up to 365 days per year, when the host is present.
    • Exempt development, when not on bushfire prone land and when the host is not present, for:
      • No more than 180 days per year in Greater Sydney
      • Up to 365 days per year outside of Greater Sydney. Councils outside Greater Sydney will be able to decrease the 365 day threshold to no lower than 180 days per year.
    • Complying development, when on bushfire prone land under BAL29 rating and the host is not present for:
      • No more than 180 days per year in Greater Sydney
      • Up to 365 days per year outside of Greater Sydney. Councils outside Greater Sydney will be able to decrease the 365 day threshold to no lower than 180 days per year; and
  • Introduce minimum fire safety and evacuation requirements for premises used for STRA.

An Explanation of Intended Effect has been prepared detailing the proposed amendments to planning rules.

Read the full article and have your say on the NSW Governments website here: https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/policy-and-legislation/under-review-and-new-policy-and-legislation/short-term-holiday-letting

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