Planning Directive No. 6 – Exemption and Standards for Visitor Accommodation in Planning Schemes

The Minister for Planning has issued Planning Directive No. 6 (external link) which becomes effective on 1 July 2018 and replaces Interim Planning Directive No. 2 – Exemption and Standards for Visitor Accommodation in Planning Schemes.

The Planning Directive is a self- executing planning instrument applying to all interim planning schemes, the Flinders Planning Scheme 2000 and the Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme 1997.

The Planning Directive exempts Visitor Accommodation in a dwelling if:

  1. (i)  the dwelling is used by the owner or occupier as their main place of residence, and only let while the owner or occupier is on vacation or temporarily absent; or
  2. (ii)  the dwelling is used by the owner occupier as their main place of residence, and visitors are accommodated in not more than 4 bedrooms.

The Planning Directive also permits Visitor Accommodation in certain zones subject to complying with standards that seek to regulate the impacts of the use on surrounding residential amenity.

Battery Point is excluded from certain provisions of the Planning Directive.

A minor modification to the Planning Directive was issued by the Minister for Planning on 1 August 2018 to clarify the operation of Acceptable Solution A1 in clause 3.1(e).

For more information about the regulatory changes associated with Visitor Accommodation use refer to the Government’s Tasmanian Planning Scheme Reform website.