Registration of a Boarding House - New South Wales


You will need to register your premises to operate a general or assisted boarding house.

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.

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.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $100.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Inspection All - Fees will change depending on your circumstances. Please contact the agency for more information.

Act(s) name

Boarding Houses Act 2012 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Boarding Houses Regulation 2013 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Customer Service

NSW Fair Trading

Contact details

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