Accommodation venues

Shared facility accommodation (eg backpacker and youth hostels), caravan parks and camping grounds are regulated under Council's Local Law No. 6 ( PDF, 0.12 MB ).

Permits

A permit is usually required to operate these types of business; refer to the Local Law for full details including a list of activities that do not require a permit. Council may impose conditions on the permit, including the maximum number of people accommodated, maximum length of stay, waste and sanitation provisions, fire safety plans, pest management, insurances and more.

Businesses also need to comply with provisions under the CairnsPlan 2016 and other regulations relating to hygiene, safety and comfort.

Below you will find step-by-step guides for new businesses, existing businesses and taking over a business.

New businesses and amendments to existing businesses

Note: Council must be notified of any proposed changes to an existing licensed premises.

  1. Check with Town Planning to determine if the accommodation type is permitted in the area. Use the Pre-Lodgement Enquiry form ( PDF, 0.15 MB ) to provide details of your proposal.
  2. Check with Trade Waste if you require a trade waste permit.
  3. Check with Local Laws if any other permits are required.
  4. Provide your plans to Council for approval.
  5. Provide an application for Operation of Shared Accommodation (share facility, caravan park or camping ground ( PDF, 0.22 MB ).

Renewing your permit

  1. Provide your application for Operation of Shared Accommodation (share facility, caravan park or camping ground ( PDF, 0.22 MB ).
  2. Check with Local Laws if you need a permit.
  3. Check with Trade Waste if you require a trade waste permit.

Taking over a business (transfer of permit)

Note: Transfer of existing permit is only available for camping grounds and caravan parks. Permits for a shared facilities accommodation are not transferable.

  1. Before you purchase a business, we recommend that you request a Health pre-sales search (Land Record Search). This allows an Environmental Health Officer to inspect the premises, either as a desktop audit or a physical audit, to identify any issues.
  2. The vendor (or their legal counsel) will also need to complete and submit this form to authorise Council to release information to you ( PDF, 0.21 MB ).
  3. Check if you need Trade Waste approval.
  4. Check with Local Laws if you require any other permits.
  5. Complete and application for Operation of Shared Accommodation (share facility, caravan park or camping ground ( PDF, 0.22 MB ).
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Last updated: 12 September 2020