SNOWY River Shire Council is cracking down on compliance of tourist and short term accommodation providers.
It has advised tourist, short term accommodation owners and property managers that it is undertaking random inspections of short term accommodation premises from now and over the winter months.
Council's manager of regulation and compliance Yvonne Menere said while most accommodation providers complied, a handful operated illegally.
"Our winter industry is very valuable to this area and its community. Many of our accommodation providers do the right thing; however there is a small minority that undertake activities without obtaining Development Consent," she said.
"Illegal operators are warned that the Regulation & Compliance Unit will be taking a hard enforcement line in dealing with unlawful accommodation and illegal activities within our Shire".
Council is warning that garages, basements, sheds, caravans and lofts may not be let out for accommodation purposes and if renovations are conducted to accommodate people, these will also constitute an additional breach.
Owners and operators are advised to undertake a pre-season check to ensure:
- the existence of a valid development approval that allows for the premises to be used for short term accommodation;
- the premises do not exceed the number of beds approved;
- a notice is prominently displayed within the premises stating the number of persons approved to stay in the accommodation;
- that no opportunity exists for more than the approved number of persons to be accommodated; e.g. fold out bedding;
- understand and acknowledge that no persons are to be accommodated in rooms or locations other than as per your development consent under any circumstance;
- ensure completion of the annual submission to Council for the current Fire Safety Statement.
- Acknowledge and understand how to manage waste correctly; ie, to only put out bins the day prior to collection days and to remove them from the public space/road side within 24 hours.
Any breaches of the above will be the subject of legal action without warning and may result in court action, formal notices and/or penalty infringement notices.
Examples of breaches include but are not limited to:
- exceeding the sleeping numbers allocated in the development consent;
- renting your home for short term accommodation without development consent;
- provision of unlawful/unapproved accommodation areas
If you are unsure about the terms of your development consent, or what you need to do to gain development consent for your intended purposes, please contact our Environmental Services Team on (02) 6451 1195.