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The growing number of Bed and Breakfast Accommodation and Guest Houses in our Shire is testament to the demand for an alternative holiday experience. The following information regarding prescribed accommodation may assist you when establishing your own Bed and Breakfast or Guesthouse.
If you want to open a prescribed accommodation premises or substantially alter an existing premises, you must obtain approval from Council.
If you are building new premises or wish to register an existing building contact Council to ensure the appropriate requirements are also met.
The information contained within this section should be read in conjunction with the Establishing a Bed and Breakfast Information(PDF, 168KB) fact sheet.
Prescribed accommodation premises are covered by the Public Health & Wellbeing Regulations 2019. The objectives of the regulations are:
Within the State of Victoria the following classes of accommodation are prescribed to be subject to Division 1 of Part 5 of the Public Health & Wellbeing Act 2008:
A Holiday Camp means any house, building or structure, whether temporary or permanent, which is used for accommodation of student groups, youth groups or family groups for holiday or recreational purposes.
A Rooming House means a building in which there is one or more rooms available for occupancy on payment of rent in which the total number of people who may occupy that room or those rooms is not less than 4.
This includes short term Bed and Breakfast premises if five or more persons are accommodated, unless exempt, see below:
The Regulations detail the maximum number of persons that can be accommodated based on room size and varies depending on the length of stay (more than or less than 31 days).
Under these regulations:
Other aspects of maintenance including that related to exit paths, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and lighting must be managed.
The proprietor must supply an adequate and continuous supply of water to all toilet, bathing, laundry and drinking water facilities.
The proprietor must also supply an adequate and continuous supply of hot water to all bathing, laundry and kitchen facilities.
Water intended for drinking must be fit for human consumption. Private drinking water supplies used for commercial premises need a higher level of management then that required for private dwellings.
If the water supply is roof catchment and tank storage than maintenance procedures will be necessary to ensure compliance with the Australian Drinking Water Standards.
Proprietor must ensure that all sewage and waste water is discharged into reticulated sewage system or an approved septic tank system.
Unless the premises is serviced by a reticulated sewage system, the onsite waste water management system will need to be assessed for suitability. This will be determined by its perceived capacity to appropriately test and retain all wastewater on the premises.
The proprietor must keep a register with the following information for a period of at least 12 months:
Premises Registration is simply a process whereby you submit an application to Council. See the steps below:
Prescribed Accommodation New Registration(PDF, 111KB)
Prescribed Accommodation Transfer Registration(PDF, 111KB)
Email your completed application with all required attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These plans must outline the: