9.3.22 Short-term accommodation code Application

(1) This code applies to assessing a material change of use if:
(a) assessable development where this code is an applicable code identified in the assessment criteria column of a table of assessment for a material change of use (section 5.5) or a neighbourhood plan (section 5.9); or
(b) impact assessable development for short-term accommodation or a use of a similar nature.
(2) When using this code, reference should be made to section 1.5 and section 5.3.3.

Note—Where this code includes performance outcomes or acceptable outcomes that relate to noise impact assessment, guidance is provided in the Noise impact assessment planning scheme policy. Purpose

(1) The purpose of the Short-term accommodation code is to assess the suitability of development to which this code applies.
(2) The purpose of the code will be achieved through the following overall outcomes:
(a) Development is located in areas of high accessibility to public transport and major social, cultural, tourist and leisure facilities.
(b) Development is designed and sited to minimise impacts on the amenity of a nearby residential dwelling or other sensitive use. Assessment criteria

The following table identifies the assessment criteria for assessable development.

Table—Criteria for assessable development
Performance outcomes
Acceptable outcomes
Development is located on a site with high accessibility to:
(a) a principal, major or district centre;
(b) high-frequency public transport with services every 15 minutes or less;
(c) long-distance transport routes;
(d) social, cultural, tourist and leisure facilities and shopping facilities.
Development is on a site located in one of the following:
Development, including parking, is of a nature, scale, layout, design and construction that do not cause adverse impact on the amenity of nearby sensitive uses.
(a) is on a site located in one of the following:
(b) does not generate noise that is clearly audible and creates a disturbance within a nearby sensitive use, including a dwelling or its associated balconies/patios, between 7pm and 6am.
Development ensures that where food or cooking odour is released, exhaust vents are discharged vertically and directed away from the sensitive use and separated from sensitive uses by the following distances:
(a) minimum of 6m horizontally from a sensitive use;
(b) minimum of 2m above a thoroughfare or roof with regular foot traffic.
Development is of a nature and scale which does not result in noise emissions that exceed the following criteria:
LAeq,adj,T emitted from short-term accommodation is not greater than the rating background level plus 3 at a sensitive use.
Where T is:
  • Day (7am to 6pm): 11hr
  • Evening (6pm to 10pm): 4hr
  • Night (10pm to 7am): 9hr.
Where LAeq,adj,T is the A-weighted equivalent continuous sound pressure level during measurement time T, adjusted for tonal and impulsive noise characteristics, determined in accordance with the methodology described in the Noise impact assessment planning scheme policy.

Note—Rating background level is to be determined in accordance with the methodology described in the Noise impact assessment planning scheme policy.

Note—A noise impact assessment report prepared in accordance with the Noise impact assessment planning scheme policy can assist in demonstrating achievement of this performance outcome.

Development ensures mechanical plant or equipment is acoustically screened from adjoining sensitive uses.

Note—Mechanical plant includes generators, motors, compressors and pumps such as air-conditioning, refrigeration or cold room motors.

(a) provides a 2m high acoustic fence along a boundary with a sensitive use;
(b) ensures car parking areas used at night are acoustically screened from adjoining residential dwellings.
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