On 1 July 2017 the Tasmanian Government introduced a new policy for visitor accommodation. The intention of the change in policy was to simplify regulations pertaining to shared accommodation operations such as those advertised on booking platforms like AirBnB, Stayz and Expedia, along with the renting out of rooms at non-commercial properties. The policy does not apply if you do not charge a fee for use of your property.
West Coast Council, through the Economic Development & Tourism Coordinator continues to liaise with the West Coast tourism association regarding the changes in legislation for visitor accommodation and the role of shared accommodation within the West Coast tourism industry.
West Coast Council has clear processes in place for enforcing the State Government Policy. We encourage anyone operating, or considering operating, visitor accommodation to complete the checklist provided below and return to Council.
For more information contact either Christine Gray, Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator, or Sharon Flugel, Coordinator Planning and Regulatory Services Coordinator, on 6471 4700.
More information is also available at www.justice.tas.gov.au