Hosted and non-hosted short term rental accommodation (STRA) is allowed without approval from Council.
There is no day-cap for hosted STRA. Non-hosted STRA is not allowed for more than 180 days in a 365-day period.
The following standards will need to be met:
- The dwelling has been lawfully constructed to be used for the purposes of residential accommodation.
- The type of residential accommodation that the dwelling is being used for is permitted either without or with consent on the land on which the dwelling is located
- The dwelling has been registered on the STRA register
- The STRA Fire Safety Standard has been satisfied
- If the dwelling is part of a Strata Title Scheme, the by-laws permit the subject lot to be used for the purposes of STRA.
STRA is not permitted in:
- boarding houses
- seniors housing
- rural workers dwellings
- group homes
- co-living housing
- refuge or crisis accommodation
- moveable dwellings: caravans, tents, glamping accommodation
Approved tourist and visitor accommodation operating under separate consent eg serviced apartments, bed and breakfasts, ecotourist facilities, hotels, motels, resorts, camping grounds or caravan parks are not required to register for STRA.
In the Byron Shire, STRA is not permitted where approval for a secondary dwellings was granted under State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009.
More detail on the new planning framework can be found on the NSW Planning, Industry and Environment’s website.