The Boarding House Laws and How Can You Use Them In Your Favour

Boarding houses provide important housing opportunities in a community. The numerous laws relevant to boarding house might seem prohibitive but in many cases the opposite is true.

Max Fragar, our founder, Life Fellow PIA and Registered Planner, shares information about the boarding house laws and how to use them in your favour.

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What Do You Need to Know About Boarding House Laws and Legislation?

G’day, I’m Max Fragar of the Council Approval Group.
We need to go to about three different locations for boarding house laws and regulations.
I guess the principle one is the state government, what they call Affordable Housing SEPP state policy and covers simplified boarding houses. The state rightly insisted that councils be sensible about proposals for boarding houses because they are a valid type of accommodation that wasn’t being provided. They are small 25 square metre self-contained apartments, close to services and close to transport. So the state said to the city councils ‘you need to facilitate that’. So that’s the state policy.

The second level is the council rules – local environmental plan and development control plan. They can vary, like in more detail, but they can’t depart from the state regulation. And then, of course, you’ve got the national rules related to construction, fire separation, natural light, ventilation, all that sort of stuff. That’s the national rules. All the laws need to be brought together.

What we do then is a preliminary assessment. We look at those rules and we say, ‘yes, on your site, can you get 12 or 20 boarding house rooms’ or ‘you can’t’. So if you’d like to go ahead, it’s a great facility for doctors, nurses, teachers, and police. All those lovely people just want a nice, simple, accommodation with a little deck close to everything.

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All the best.