Accommodation businesses catering for more than six people must register annually as a lodging house via the Schedule 6 form and comply with the Part 8 of the Shire's Health Local Law. Planning approval is also required.
A lodging house is any establishment that accommodates more than six persons (excluding the family operating the business) and includes any number of accommodation buildings on a single lot. Lodging houses include motels that do not have a publican's general liquor licence, backpacker establishments, dwellings, chalets and rural workers accommodation buildings.
Hotels and taverns, which presumably have a publican's general liquor licence, are exempt from the requirement of the Schedule 6 form as their accommodation facilities are registered as part of their liquor licencing requirements.
When a registered lodging house is sold, the new owner must notify the Shire using the Schedule 8 form.
Short term holiday accommodation catering for six or less people is not classed as a lodging house and as such does not require registration as a lodging house. However, planning approval is still required.
For more information on lodging houses, please refer to our information sheet or call the Shire's Environmental Health team on 9771 7777.