Registration of Prescribed Accommodation - City of Melbourne - Victoria


You will require this registration if you intend to operate any of the following types of accommodation business:

  • bed and breakfasts
  • rooming house
  • hotels and motels
  • guesthouses
  • boutique hotels
  • rooming houses
  • self-contained accommodation
  • farmstays or holiday camps
  • hostel or student dormitory

You do not require this registration if you operate any of the following:

  • caravan park
  • house and granny flat
  • public hospital or nursing home
  • retirement village
  • temporary crisis accommodation.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration you must:

  • apply to the local council in which the accommodation is located
  • include all the required documentation and information
  • submit a 1:100 scale plan of the premises, showing the proposed use of each room
  • pay the prescribed fee.

Planning approval to conduct the business may also be necessary in some circumstances.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You will need to comply with any additional conditions set by the Council.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1850.00

Maximum registration fee. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Miscellaneous All $185.00

Property enquiry fee. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Miscellaneous All $300.00

Plan assessment. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Renewal All -

Fees range between $380 and $430, please consult the responsible council for information on the correct fees to be submitted with your application. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Transfer All -

Transfer fees:

  • low and high risk - $145.00
  • 4 to 10 beds - $190.00
  • 11 to 15 bed - $215.00.
Fees for 2021-22


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for Transfer of Registration - PDF (Opens in new window)
Apply All Application for Registration of Prescribed Accommodation - Please contact the responsible council for application forms and registration details.
Apply All Application for Plans Assessment Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 - PDF (Opens in new window)

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
General All Minimum Standards in Rooming Houses (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2020 Victoria

Application process


You must submit two copies of the plans of the premises along with the relevant fee.

Administering agency

City of Melbourne

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:

Health Services Officer

City of Melbourne

Operating address: 90 - 120 Swanston Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1603
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 03 9658 9658
Website: City of Melbourne (Opens in new window)