On 11 February 2019, the Minister for Planning and Housing announced that due to the high concentration and unique impacts of short-term rental accommodation (STRA) on some parts of Byron Shire, he would issue a Ministerial Direction (3.7). This invites the Byron Shire Council to prepare a Planning Proposal that could introduce a 90 day threshold in the most impacted towns of the Local Government Area. This Planning Proposal process would include impact assessment and consultation with communities.
The Department is now considering feedback received during the exhibition period.
The state-wide planning rules are part of a recently announced Government framework for short-term rental accommodation (STRA) in NSW. The framework also includes an industry-wide mandatory Code of Conduct and changes to strata legislation.
The proposed amendments to planning rules will:
An Explanation of Intended Effect has been prepared detailing the proposed amendments to planning rules.
On 5 June 2018, the Minister for Planning and the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation announced a whole–of–government framework for STRA in New South Wales. You can view the Ministerial Media Release at Short–Term Holiday Letting Plan A Win–Win.
The framework enables STRA to occur while also managing impacts on communities, through:
For information regarding the mandatory Code of Conduct and strata regulations, visit the NSW Fair Trading website or contact the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.
Given growth in STRA in NSW, the Government investigated policy options for the activity over a number of years.
This included a Parliamentary Inquiry into the Adequacy of the Regulation of Short–term Holiday Letting in New South Wales and inviting feedback on an Options Paper. The Options Paper on Short–term Holiday Letting in NSW (PDF, 4.0 MB), was on exhibition between 21 July 2017 and 31 October 2017. Submissions made in response to the Options Paper can be viewed at the Department's Plans and Policies website.
The Department of Planning and Environment sought your feedback on the proposed planning framework on the regulation of STRA in NSW.
The consultation process was open until 16 November 2018.
Page last updated: 15/02/2019