Approval to Operate an Accommodation Sharing Business - Launceston City Council - Tasmania


You will require this approval if you intend to participate in the sharing economy by renting your home, shack or investment property (such as through AirBnB).

There are minimum standards for occupancy levels, plumbing and toilets, fire safety, off street parking, bushfire planning and heritage provisions which must be adhered to and may vary between councils. This approval applies if either:

  • the accommodation is not used by you as your main place of residence
  • if visitors can book more than four rooms in your accommodation.

This approval does not apply if your accommodation falls under the 'home sharing' exemption, which applies if the dwelling is used by you as your main place of residence and either:

  • is let out to visitors while you are on vacation
  • not more than four bedrooms are let out to visitors.

Short stay accommodation providers are required to list relevant planning permit information on their chosen online booking platform.

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.


If you have previously held a permit to undertake activities in your property (e.g. renting out a shack) before the exemption provision (Section 12) came into effect, you may be eligible for an exemption from this approval. Please contact the Contact Officer for more information.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 Tasmania

Short Stay Accommodation Act 2019 Tasmania

Administering agency

Launceston City Council

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

Launceston City Council

Operating address: 18 - 28 St John Street
Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Mailing address: PO BOX 396
Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Phone: 03 6323 3000
Fax: 03 6323 3001
Website: Launceston City Council (Opens in new window)