Tourist and visitor accommodation

Ku-ring-gai Council recognises the important role of short term leases in providing accommodation for tourists and visitors within the Ku-ring-gai area, however, these uses have been limited to specific zones to limit the impact on Ku-ring-gai's residential areas due to the nature of transient populations.

To find where and what type of tourist and visitor accommodation is permitted, check the zoning of your property on the Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan (KLEP) zoning maps, via the Web Map - Online mapping tool.

Then check in the KLEP Written Instrument what is permitted and prohibited in that zone:

To determine whether the tourist and visitor accommodation is considered Complying Development or requires a Development Application through Council, the following documents are to be consulted:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP 2008)

The Codes SEPP 2008 makes exempt or complying only those uses which will not have a high immediate or cumulative impact on a neighbourhood.

Only Bed and Breakfast Accommodation is considered complying development under the Codes SEPP 2008, provided it meets the stated requirements.  A Complying Development Certificate from Council is required to confirm the development is permitted under the codes SEPP 2008.

Under the Department of Planning and Environments Standard Instrument Bed and Breakfast Accommodation is defined as:

"An existing dwelling in which temporary or short-term accommodation is provided on a commercial basis by the permanent residents of the dwelling and where:

  1. meals are provided for guests only, and
  2. cooking facilities for the preparation of meals are not provided within guests' rooms, and
  3. dormitory-style accommodation is not provided."

Standard Instrument Definitions 

Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan 2015 (KLEP 2015)

Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan (Local Centres) 2012 (KLEP (Local Centres) 2012)

Any development that is not exempt or complying under the Codes SEPP 2008 requires a Development Application and Council's consent to operate within Ku-ring-gai.

Within Ku-ring-gai, tourist accommodation is covered by a number of different accommodations types.  These are as follows:

Tourist and visitor accommodation

The KLEPs define this as:

"A building or place that proved temporary or short-term accommodation on a commercial basis and includes any of the following:

  • backpackers' accommodation;
  • bed and breakfast accommodation;
  • farm stay accommodation;
  • hotel or motel accommodation;
  • serviced apartments.

This may be permissible development with Council's development consent in the following zone:

B2 Local Centres.

Bed and breakfast accommodation

The KLEPs define this as:

"An existing dwelling in which temporary or short-term accommodation is provided on a commercial basis by the permanent residents of the dwelling and where:

  • meals are provided for guests only; and
  • cooking facilities for the preparation of meals are not provided within guests' rooms; and
  • dormitory-style accommodation is not provided."

This may be permissible development with consent in the following zones:

  • R2 Low Density Residential
  • R3 Medium Density Residential
  • R4 High Density Residential
  • R4 Large Lot Residential
  • B1 Neighbourhood Centre
  • E3 Environmental Manage
  • E4 Environmental Living
  • KLEPs Clause 5.4(1) 'Bed and breakfast accommodation' states:

"If development for the purposes of bed and breakfast accommodation is permitted under this Plan, the accommodation that is provided to guests must consist of no more than 3 bedrooms."

Consent for Bed and Breakfast Accommodation may be provided via the Codes SEPP 2008 as Complying Development where certain requirements are met (See 'A' above); or through the KLEPs where Complying Development does not apply.

Hotel or motel accommodation

The KLEPs define this as:

"A building or place (whether or not licensed premises under the Liquor Act 2007) that provides temporary or short-term accommodation on a commercial basis and that:

  • comprises rooms or self-contained suites; and
  • may provide meals to guests or the general public and facilities for the parking of guests' vehicles, but does not include backpackers' accommodation, a boarding house, bed and breakfast accommodation or farm stay accommodation."

This may be permissible development with Council's development consent in the following zones:

  • B4 Mixed Use
  • B5 Business Development
  • B7 Business Park

Serviced apartments

The KLEPs define this as:

"A building (or part of a building) providing self-contained accommodation to tourists or visitors on a commercial basis and that is regularly serviced or cleaned by the owner or manager of the building or part of the building or the owner's or manager's agents."

This may be permissible development with Council's development consent in the following zones:

  • B2 Local Centres (under Tourist and Visitor Accommodation)

Note:  Any consent for development under the KLEPs is provided via a Development Application.  The Development Application process can be viewed at:

Note: 

  1. Shared Houses and any Long-Term Rentals are to operate under the 'Residential Tenancies Act 2010'.
  2. Boarding Houses require Development Approval and are to operate under the Boarding Houses Act 2012.