Proposed local law – Short Stay Letting and Home Hosted Accommodation (revised)

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Consultation now open

Background

In November 2019, Council publicly notified a proposed local law for short stay letting.

A number of written submission were received which identified a range of issues relevant to both the proposed local law and the then draft Noosa Plan 2020.

A revised local law has now been prepared proposing a number of changes, having considered public submissions, legal advice, stakeholder engagement and internal staff review.

Purpose of the proposed local law and subordinate local law 2021

The proposed local law aims to manage the potential impacts of short stay letting and home hosted accommodation on the residential amenity of permanent residents by requiring a local management framework and code of conduct for guest behaviour and minimum safety standards for guests.

What will the proposed local law and subordinate local law 2021 do?

The proposed local law will regulate the ongoing operation of short stay letting and home hosted accommodation.

A one off application and annual renewal is required for a premises used for short stay letting or home hosted accommodation.

Exemptions are proposed for certain sites identified in Noosa Plan 2020 as visitor only, the Hastings St Mixed Use Precinct, hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation and holiday houses not used for short stay letting.

A local contact person must manage a short stay let premises, be available 24/7, be located within 20 minutes travel and respond to complaints within 30 minutes.

A code of conduct will be introduced for guest behaviour. Use of the premises must not detrimentally affect residential amenity including noise, overlooking and light spill; guests must not display unacceptable behaviour; vehicles must be stored to not cause a nuisance; pets and waste are managed; grounds kept tidy; and sleeping or camping in a tent or caravan on site is not permitted.

Public notification, public interest test plan and submissions

The proposed local law and public interest test plan will be on public notification from Friday 9 April to Friday 14 May 2021 during which time written submissions may be made. Submissions must be received on or before Friday 14 May 2021 and may be sent to shortstaylocallaw@noosa.qld.gov.au or PO Box 141, Tewantin 4565.

A full version of the proposed local laws, including a plain English version, fact sheets and public interest test plan will be available on in the document folder or at Council’s office at 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin and Strategic Planning Office at 3 Pelican Street, Tewantin from Friday 9 April 2021.

To view the Planning & Environment Committee Report and Minutes please go to Important Links in right hand column.


Consultation now open

Background

In November 2019, Council publicly notified a proposed local law for short stay letting.

A number of written submission were received which identified a range of issues relevant to both the proposed local law and the then draft Noosa Plan 2020.

A revised local law has now been prepared proposing a number of changes, having considered public submissions, legal advice, stakeholder engagement and internal staff review.

Purpose of the proposed local law and subordinate local law 2021

The proposed local law aims to manage the potential impacts of short stay letting and home hosted accommodation on the residential amenity of permanent residents by requiring a local management framework and code of conduct for guest behaviour and minimum safety standards for guests.

What will the proposed local law and subordinate local law 2021 do?

The proposed local law will regulate the ongoing operation of short stay letting and home hosted accommodation.

A one off application and annual renewal is required for a premises used for short stay letting or home hosted accommodation.

Exemptions are proposed for certain sites identified in Noosa Plan 2020 as visitor only, the Hastings St Mixed Use Precinct, hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation and holiday houses not used for short stay letting.

A local contact person must manage a short stay let premises, be available 24/7, be located within 20 minutes travel and respond to complaints within 30 minutes.

A code of conduct will be introduced for guest behaviour. Use of the premises must not detrimentally affect residential amenity including noise, overlooking and light spill; guests must not display unacceptable behaviour; vehicles must be stored to not cause a nuisance; pets and waste are managed; grounds kept tidy; and sleeping or camping in a tent or caravan on site is not permitted.

Public notification, public interest test plan and submissions

The proposed local law and public interest test plan will be on public notification from Friday 9 April to Friday 14 May 2021 during which time written submissions may be made. Submissions must be received on or before Friday 14 May 2021 and may be sent to shortstaylocallaw@noosa.qld.gov.au or PO Box 141, Tewantin 4565.

A full version of the proposed local laws, including a plain English version, fact sheets and public interest test plan will be available on in the document folder or at Council’s office at 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin and Strategic Planning Office at 3 Pelican Street, Tewantin from Friday 9 April 2021.

To view the Planning & Environment Committee Report and Minutes please go to Important Links in right hand column.


  • Local law to manage short-stay letting open for comment April 9

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    A new local law Council has proposed to manage short-stay letting and home-hosted accommodation in Noosa Shire will be open for public comment from April 9.

    Residents are asked to have a say on a proposed new local law to manage short-stay letting and home-hosted accommodation in Noosa Shire.

    Mayor Clare Stewart said the new local law was back on the agenda after the state government deferred its plans for a state-wide framework to manage short-stay letting.

    “The state has other priorities in the wake of COVID-19 but the impacts of short-stay letting on residential amenity continue to be an issue for some in our community, so we’re pressing on with the introduction of the new local law to deal with it at a local level,” the Mayor said.

    Cr Stewart said the Short-Stay Letting Local Law would give Council a framework - above what the new planning scheme provided - to ensure property owners managed their properties and dealt with complaints.

    Under the local law, owners must appoint a contact person whose contact details must be listed on the front of the property. The contact person must be contactable 24-hours and respond to all complaints within 30 minutes.

    “The contact person will be responsible for informing guests of the code of conduct,” the Mayor said.

    Under the local law, the contact person must keep a register of all complaints.

    “The draft local law has been reworked since an initial consultation by the previous council in 2019, to reflect community and stakeholder feedback, legal advice, the new planning scheme and state government input.”

    The Mayor said the introduction of the proposed local law would answer hundreds of submissions Council received about short-stay letting as part of the Noosa Plan consultation and consultation on the first draft of the local law back in 2019.

    “Once implemented, the local law will help Council to manage the impacts of short-stay let properties on residents.”

    The community is encouraged to have a say on the proposed local law from, April 9, by visiting Council’s YourSay Noosa website.

    The consultation will run for five weeks.