City of Perth snubs WA Local Government Association discussion into short-term accommodation

City of Perth snubs WA Local Government Association  discussion into short-term accommodation

THE City of Perth has passed on the opportunity to take part in a WA Local Government Association (WALGA) discussion into short-term accommodation.

WALGA released its Short-Term Rental Accommodation and the Sharing Economy discussion paper that will provide an outline for councils on future policies and has asked councils for feedback to help develop a draft recommendation.

A City of Perth spokeswoman said it had already passed its own policy 16 years ago, which is referenced in the discussion paper.

“The City of Perth has a Special Residential (Serviced and Short Term Accomodation) Policy, which was adopted in 2001 and amended in 2007 and 2013,” the spokeswoman said.

“While it does not refer to Airbnb specifically, Airbnb and similar accommodation models fall within the Special Residential category and the policy has already been update to reflect this.

“There was no formal request for the City of Perth to comment.”

The City of Vincent is working on its feedback which will be finalised soon.

“Policy No 7.4.5 – Temporary Accommodation is the City’s policy regarding short term accommodation and was initially adopted on February 26, 2013,” acting chief executive Mick Quirk said.

“The policy defines four types of temporary accommodation: bed and breakfast; short term dwelling; lodging house, and serviced apartments.

“Depending on the details of the proposal, an Airbnb may be classified as one of the above.

“The City has not yet provided comment on this discussion paper, and will be doing so over the coming weeks.”

WALGA president Lynne Craigie said the paper and future report would address “emerging changes” in the market and whether members consider advocacy or policy improvements were needed.

“Currently councils draw upon guidelines by the Department of Planning on holiday homes specific to short-stay use of residential dwellings and many have amended their schemes or local planning policies as a result,” she said.

“For those who already have a short-term accommodation policy, there will be no immediate impact.”

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