City of Wanneroo holiday rental law to face second round of public consultation

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A LOCAL law for holiday rentals in the City of Wanneroo is out for a second round of public consultation.

The City has readvertised its short-term accommodation local law for public comment after changing information about where holiday houses can be located.

The proposed law will regulate small-scale, short-term accommodation for places that accommodate up to six guests, and will require owners to register their holiday rentals.

Owners also have to submit management plans and the City can take action if they don’t comply with the terms of registration.

Initially advertised last November, the proposed law attracted four submissions and incorrectly indicated specific zones where short-term accommodation could be registered.

The current proposal excludes those zones – namely civic and cultural, general industrial and rural resource areas.

According to a May council report, the City requires properties for seven or more guests to have planning approval.

In response to a submission that owners should not be liable for criminal action by guests, it said property owners would be liable for the actions of anyone they authorise to use and occupy their property.

The City has invited submissions on several applications for holiday rentals in recent months and the report said it generally supported short-term accommodation proposals.

“The City’s Tourism Strategy identifies that there is a current lack of tourist accommodation,” it said.

“Short-term accommodation is an opportunity to address this shortfall, and to benefit the local economy.

“However this must be balanced with effective controls so that short-term accommodation is appropriately managed, does not disrupt the amenity of the locality.”

Visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au for more information. Submissions close on July 27.