Council’s Local Laws introduced in July 2012 provide separate requirements for each type of accommodation. The Local Laws have been established to ensure that residents and visitors have access to accommodation which meets high standards in public health, safety and amenity.
Each of the following require an approval from Council to operate and compliance with the specified Local Law.
Subordinate Local Law 1.6 (Operation of Camping Grounds) 2012 – tent accommodation only is accepted on site. If caravans are permitted then Subordinate Local Law 1.8 listed below applies.
Subordinate Local Law 1.8 (Operation of Caravan Parks) 2012 – the requirements under this Local Law are to assist with a pleasant experience at all local caravan parks. This includes guidelines for minimum amenities based on site numbers, distances from other sites and the amenities as well as maintenance of the facilities.
Subordinate Local Law 1.11 (Operation of Rental Accommodation) 2012 – this local law includes accommodation provided for backpackers, bed and breakfasts, workers camps, hotels that provide backpacker type accommodation, boarding houses, hostels, farm stays and the like.
This local law does not apply to the following premises:
- a residential tenancy under a residential tenancy agreement;
- public housing as defined in the Sustainable Planning Act 2009;
- hospital, nursing home or other institution where people are cared for on a live in basis;
- accommodation located within, or as part of, an education facility, boarding school or religious institution;
- a resident providing accommodation for immediate family members;
- A community title scheme under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997;
- A private home in which accommodation is provided for not more than 2 boarders
- family members;
- Premises used to provide residential services, as defined in the Residential Services (Accreditation) Act 2002, and
- at a building in which the only accommodation is provided for lifesavers;
- at a building in which the only accommodation provided is recreational accommodation for camps for school groups, girl guides, scouts or similar groups
Accommodation facilities providing food may also be subject to a Food Business Licence.
Application for an Approval under the relevant Subordinate Local Law is to be completed after approval has been given in conjunction with the appropriate IDAS Application for Town Planning approval. Fees apply for both of these applications.
If an approved accommodation facility is sold, an application for a Transfer of Approval must be completed and the relevant fees submitted to Council. Once the accommodation facility is sold, the new owner and or approval holder is responsible for all outstanding requisitions.
Council highly recommends prospective purchasers request a Health Inspection prior to settlement.
For further information regarding approvals for accommodation …
Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.
You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.
Customer Service Centre
|145 Young Street,|
Ayr Qld 4807
|Postal Address||PO Box 974|
Ayr Qld 4807
|Opening hours||8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)|
|(07) 4783 9800 – Business hours|
(07) 4783 9800 – After hours (the same number)
|Fax||(07) 4783 9999|
|SMS||0437 886 008|
|Online||Use the Online Contact Form|
Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
|Early Opening||Please phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need to access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.|
|For all media enquiries please email|
Compliments and Complaints
|The Burdekin Shire Council is committed to an open and friendly relationship with members of our community. Whether you’re telling us what we do well, or how we can improve, your feedback is important to us.If you would like to provide a compliment or complaint regarding actions or decisions made by Council, or by one of our councillors or officers, please visit the|
> Complaints, compliments and suggestions page.
We will only use personal information provided in your email to address the subject matter of your email. This may involve passing on your email to other areas within the council. We will not disclose your personal information to other government agencies, organisations or anyone else unless one of the following applies:
- you consented to the disclosure
- you would have a reasonable expectation that your personal information would be disclosed
- it is required or authorised by law
- it will prevent or lessen a serious threat to somebody’s life or health; and
- the disclosure is reasonably necessary for a law enforcement activity.
Your email address details will not be added to a mailing list. Email messages may be monitored by our information technology staff for system trouble-shooting and maintenance purposes.