Registration of a Boarding House - New South Wales


If you intend to operate a general or assisted boarding house you are required to register the premises.

A facility is considered to be a general boarding house if it provides beds (for a fee or reward) for five or more people. A facility is considered to be an assisted boarding house if it provides beds (for a fee or reward) for two or more people with additional needs.

A person is considered to have additional needs if:

  • they have an age related frailty, a mental health issue or a disability that is permanent or likely to be permanent
  • the impairment results in the need for care or support services involving assistance with, or supervision of, daily tasks and personal care.

Please be aware that there are a range of facilities that fit these definitions that are not considered to be boarding houses, such as hotels, hospitals and retirement villages.

Please note that your boarding house will be inspected by the local council within twelve months of registration, and that further inspections may be required.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to register a facility as a boarding house you must ensure that you have consulted the relevant local government authority regarding whether a Development Consent is required to use the property as a boarding house.

Please note that within twelve months of initial registration of a boarding house (or re-registration if the facility has been unregistered for a period of time) a local government representative is required to inspect the facility to ensure that it meets the requisite standards as a place of shared accommodation.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $100.00 -
Apply Inspection All - Fees vary depending on your area. Please consult your local council for more information.

Act(s) name

Boarding Houses Act 2012 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Boarding Houses Regulation 2013 New South Wales


The Act requires proprietors of registrable boarding houses to register with Fair Trading within 28 days of commencing operations. 

Administering agency

Department of Customer Service

NSW Fair Trading

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries Officer, Policy & Strategy Division

NSW Fair Trading

Department of Customer Service

New South Wales
Mailing address: PO BOX 972
Parramatta, New South Wales 2124
Phone: 13 32 20
Website: NSW Fair Trading (Opens in new window)