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11 May 2017

The City of Albany is working with local homeowners to educate them on their obligations when operating short-term holiday accommodation following last month’s council meeting where elected members voted to endorse a two month information and amnesty period.

During the amnesty homeowners who are running short-term accommodation without complying with regulations are encouraged to contact the City of Albany to obtain Development Approval.

City of Albany Manager of Building, Health and Compliance Scott Reitsema said they had already received a positive response from the community.

“We’ve had a number of local homeowners who are currently running short-term accommodation contact us to discuss their options and to find information about how they can ensure they are compliant,” Mr Reitsema said.

“We want to work with the community to ensure the safety and quality of accommodation for not just visitors to Albany, but also homeowners.

“Poor disability access, no food licences or bushfire safety plans are some of the compliance considerations that could leave homeowners running B&Bs or other short-stay accommodation at risk, and their occupants at risk too.

“We are here to help operators run safe, quality accommodation and we will not be penalising non-compliant operators during the amnesty however application fees will apply.

Once the amnesty period has expired on June 30, the City will take a proactive approach to ensure compliance for any persons operating holiday accommodation without the appropriate approvals.

Residents can contact the Development Services team by phoning 6820 3000 or by dropping into the City of Albany Administration building on North Road during business hours.