Registration of a Lodging House - Western Australia


You will require this registration if you intend to keep a lodging house. A lodging house is any building or structure, permanent or otherwise, in which provision is made for lodging or boarding more than six persons for hire or reward, not including the family or the keeper of the house.

This registration includes recreational campsites (campsites principally used for recreational, sporting, religious, ethnic or educational pursuits or conferences or conventions and where the period of occupancy is not more than 14 consecutive days).

It also includes serviced apartments (accommodation where each sleeping apartment, or group of sleeping apartments in a common occupancy, is provided with its own sanitary conveniences and may have its own cooking facilities) and short term hostels (accommodation where the period of occupancy is not more than 14 consecutive days and includes a youth hostel or backpacker hostel).

If you hold this registration, you must either be entered into the register of keepers, or appoint another person to be the keeper of the lodging house. A keeper manages the care and upkeep of a lodging house. The keeper must not leave the site of a lodging house unless they leave a reputable person in charge.

A lodging house does not cover the following:

  • Premises under a publican's licence;
  • Residential accommodation for students in a non-government school; or
  • Any building comprising of residential flats.

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

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


As indicated on the registration.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Licence All $250.00

Act(s) name

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1911 WA

Local law(s) name

Health Local Law 2014

Administering agency

City of Greater Geraldton

Contact details

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

Enquiries, Environmental Health Department

City of Greater Geraldton

Operating address: 63 Cathedral Avenue
Geraldton, Western Australia 6530
Mailing address: PO BOX 101
Geraldton PO, Western Australia 6531
Phone: 08 9956 6600
Fax: 08 9956 6674
Website: City of Greater Geraldton (Opens in new window)