Draft Local Planning Policy for Short-term Rental Accommodation 


The Shire of Dandaragan invites comment on a Draft Local Planning Policy for Short-term Rental Accommodation. This Policy provides direction and guidance on the use of dwellings for commercial short-term rental accommodation on land zoned Residential, Rural Residential or Regional Centre under the Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Scheme No.7. If adopted, this policy will replace existing local planning policies for bed and breakfast establishments and commercial holiday homes. 

The draft policy proposes the following changes to the policy framework for this form of development: 

  • Provide clear definitions on the different forms of short-term accommodation.    
  • Provide clear exclusions and exemptions consistent with the State Government's Draft Position Statement: Planning for Tourism. For example, Traditional bed and breakfast establishments will now be excluded from requiring development approval, however, registration as a food premises will still be required under health legislation.
  • Strengthen car parking requirements on site (where appropriate).    
  • Ensuring subject properties have sufficient essential services - water, wastewater and waste.   
  • Revise standards for maximum permissible occupancy numbers based on number of bedroom / bathrooms and Health Local Law provisions.   
  • Tighten requirements and expectations for holiday home managers, including having a complaint resolution process and installing an onsite sign with contact details visible from the street.   
  • Increase requirements and expectations for guests through code of conduct improvements, including the management of pets.  

A copy of the Draft Local Planning Policy can be downloaded from the link above, or is available for viewing at the Jurien Bay Administration Centre, 69 Bashford Street.   

Submissions on the Draft Local Planning Policy may be made before 4pm Friday 17 June 2022