Accommodation approval - Blackall-Tambo Regional Council - Queensland


You will need this approval to establish an accommodation business and either intend for your guests to share facilities or to offer short-term accommodation.

Shared facility accommodation refers to guests sharing one or more of the following facilities:

  • dormitories or bedrooms
  • toilets
  • bathrooms, showers or other bathing facilities
  • laundries
  • dining facilities
  • cooking facilities
  • recreation facilities.

Short-term accommodation allows guests to stay for less than a specified period of time, which can change depending on where your business is located. Examples of short-term accommodation business can include:

  • hotels
  • motels
  • motor inns
  • backpacker hostels
  • bed and breakfasts
  • retirement villages or institutions that are not subject to government funding programs.

Service type


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


You will not require this approval if you intend on establishing either a:

  • hospital, nursing home, or other institution where people are cared for on a live-in basis
  • residential college or boarding school
  • religious institution
  • community titles scheme
  • accommodation administered under the residential services legislation
  • private home in which you provide accommodation for no more than three boarders
  • premises that local law policies exclude from licensing requirements.

Eligibility requirements

You may also need to obtain development approval if you are conducting the following activities:

  • starting a new accommodation business
  • changing the existing activity (e.g. from private residence to rental accommodation)
  • re-establishing accommodation that was abandoned
  • changing the intensity of the accommodation (e.g. adding extra rooms)
  • carrying out building work
  • carrying out plumbing or drainage work.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Your approval may be issued with conditions that require you to:

  • limit the number of persons in the premises (or in a particular part of the premises) for whom you may provide accommodation
  • carry out modifications or other building work related to the premises within a certain period
  • regularly maintain the premises
  • provide and maintain facilities, furniture and equipment
  • regularly clean the premises
  • regularly provide clean linen and towels, if relevant to your accommodation
  • provide services of specific kinds for the persons using your accommodation
  • reside or have a council or local authority approved representative reside on the premises
  • keep specified records.

If your accommodation business includes a swimming pool, it must meet the requirements of the Queensland Development Code.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $65.00

Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $25.50

Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Local Government Act 2009 Queensland

Application process


You will need to include the following items with your application:

  • a plan of the premises
  • details of any shared accommodation facilities
  • other information and materials required by the council or local authority.

Administering agency

Blackall-Tambo Regional Council

Contact details

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