Planning Controls for Short-Term Rental Accommodation

The short-term rental accommodation (STRA) planning proposal provides controls to manage holiday letting in the Byron Shire.

The aim is to find a solution that maintains housing for local residents and supports our visitor economy.

Economic Impact Assessment 

We must prepare an Economic Impact Assessment (EIA), before we can continue with the planning proposal. 

The EIA will look at the economic and social impacts of different holiday let options. For example, the maximum number of days (day cap) a property can be let in any year could be 90 days or 180 days. It will also map areas that can be holiday let all year round, for 365 days.

View the maps for proposed areas where a property could be holiday let for 365 days(PDF, 21MB)

Urbis, an independent consultancy, is preparing the EIA on behalf of the Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) and Council.

Urbis invited property managers who provide non-hosted holiday letting, and all Byron Shire property owners, whether currently holiday letting or not, to complete a survey. 

Non-hosted holiday letting means the host does not reside in the holiday accommodation, during the period of the letting.

The short-term rental accommodation survey is now closed.

Survey information and existing data will be used by Urbis to carry out economic modelling and social impact assessment of different scenarios.

The data will inform recommendations that balance the benefits and disadvantages of holiday lets. For example, the EIA may recommend:

  • adjusting proposed holiday letting precinct boundaries
  • introducing different day caps in certain locations.

Once the EIA is completed the planning proposal will be amended to reflect the recommendations and other changes required by DPIE, including:

  • redrafting so that it amends the State Government's Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy (ARH SEPP), instead of our Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014
  • updating to align with the ARH SEPP framework and recommendations of the EIA 
  • adding a risk framework and strategy to monitor the effect of holiday letting on property owners and our community.

If the DPIE approves the amended planning proposal, it will be placed on public exhibition for community consultation.