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Council is required to monitor the standard of operations in accommodation premises to ensure the health and safety of occupants. This is achieved by regulating particular types of accommodation premises.
The applicant for an approval must be a legal entity, for example a person(s) or a Company.
Note - a business name or shop name is not a legal entity and cannot be the licence holder.

The following types of accommodation require an approval from Council:
Council no longer licences commercial / prescribed accommodation, i.e. commercial (rental) accommodation with shared facilities. This includes:
  • boarding houses
  • backpackers hostels
  • bed and breakfasts
  • guesthouses
  • motels
  • cottages
  • holiday cabins
  • home-stay or other like commercial accommodation where one or more facilities such as kitchen, bathroom, laundry or the like are shared by unconnected guests

If you wish to operate this type of business you must comply with the:

  • Tenancies Act
  • Public health requirements in the Public Health Act
  • any other applicable council licences e.g. food business

For other approvals which may apply refer to How to Apply.

This local law does not apply to accommodation requiring registration under the Residential Services (Accreditation) Act 2002 (boarding houses and supported accommodation). Application under this legislation must be made to the Residential Services Unit. Once you have liaised with Residential Services, please contact Council and arrange for a building compliance audit (as per MP5.7 of the Queensland Development Code) of your premises. This is a mandatory part of your application to Residential Services.

The following types of accommodation do not require an approval from Council:
Council no longer licences commercial / prescribed accommodation, i.e. commercial (rental) accommodation with shared facilities. This includes:
  • boarding houses
  • backpackers hostels
  • bed and breakfasts
  • guesthouses
  • motels
  • cottages
  • holiday cabins
  • home-stay or other like commercial accommodation where one or more facilities such as kitchen, bathroom, laundry or the like are shared by unconnected guests

If you wish to operate this type of business you must comply with the:

  • Tenancies Act
  • Public health requirements in the Public Health Act
  • any other applicable council licences e.g. food business

For other approvals which may apply refer to How to Apply.