Planning for the future

New rules for short term rentals

What you need to know


The NSW Government has introduced new rules and regulations for short term rental accommodation properties from 1 November.

This means new obligations for booking platforms, hosts, letting agents and guests.

Residential short term rental properties must now be lodged on the NSW Government short term rental accommodation register.

It is now an offence for hosts to let their properties if they’re not registered, and penalties apply.

Registered operators will be issued with a property ID number, which needs to be displayed on an online property listing.

Other changes to the government’s short term rental accommodation rules include:

  • residents can let their premises as a short term rental without the need for council approval, provided they meet the exempt development requirements
  • local residents will be restricted on the number of days they can use their premises for short term lets
  • new fire and safety requirements.

For short term rental accommodation policy details visit the NSW Department of Planning website. For registrations, go to the NSW Government short term rental accommodation register.

Published 8 November 2021