Building Your Accommodation Business from Scratch in Rural NSW: A Comprehensive Guide

November 29, 2023

If you've ever dreamt of escaping the hustle and bustle of city life and embracing the tranquillity of rural New South Wales, building your own accommodation business might be the perfect venture. With the picturesque landscapes and welcoming communities, rural NSW provides an ideal backdrop for establishing tourist and visitor accommodation. Whether you're envisioning a cosy bed and breakfast or a cluster of serviced apartments, here's a step-by-step guide to look at how Granny Flats could help you turn your dream into a prosperous reality.

Understanding Tourist and Visitor Accommodation in Rural NSW

Tourist and Visitor Accommodation is a building or buildings that provide temporary or short-term accommodation on a commercial basis. This type of development can include the following:

  • Backpackers’ accommodation
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Farm stay accommodation
  • Hotel or motel accommodation
  • Serviced apartments

Tourist and Visitor Accommodation is generally permitted in rural and environmental zones and the requirements and will vary between LGAs.

On some allotments this can be a viable option to build multiple buildings that may be rented out as short-term accommodation, providing the property owner with a prosperous business opportunity.

Before diving into your project, it's crucial to familiarise yourself with the zoning regulations. Rural zones like RU1, RU2, RU4, and environmental zones such as C3 and C4 are generally amenable to this type of development. However, as noted, specific requirements may vary between Local Government Areas (LGAs).

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Navigating Development Approvals (DA) and Pre-DA Process

While the potential for a prosperous business is vast, it's essential to note that a DA is always required for tourist and visitor accommodation in rural and environmental zones. To streamline the process, consider engaging in a Pre-DA consultation. This involves preparing concept plans and meeting with the Council to gauge the feasibility of your project. Remember, each LGA may have its own set of rules and regulations, so it's wise to conduct thorough research and communicate with the local Council early in the planning stages.

Before taking the plunge, prospective accommodation business owners should conduct in-depth research and initiate conversations with the local Council. Understanding the specific permissibility and requirements in your chosen location is crucial. This step ensures that your vision aligns with the zoning regulations, setting the foundation for a smooth and successful development process.

Partnering with Cubitt's for Planning, Design, and DA Work

Once you've explored the possibilities and gathered essential information, engaging a professional team can significantly simplify the planning, design, and DA processes.

Cubitt's, with its wealth of experience, can collaborate with you to bring your vision to life. From concept plans to the final DA submission, their expertise can navigate the intricacies of rural development, turning your dream accommodation business into a reality.

Building your accommodation business from scratch in rural NSW requires careful planning, adherence to zoning regulations, and effective communication with the local Council. By conducting thorough research, initiating early conversations, and collaborating with experienced professionals like Cubitt's, you can transform your dream into a flourishing business venture. The tranquility of rural NSW awaits, and with the right approach, your accommodation business can become a welcoming haven for travelers seeking a taste of the countryside.

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About Vince Zinghini

Vince is Cubitt's Director of Planning. With two decades experience in NSW and ACT Council planning and a team of people covering the specific areas in which Cubitt's build, its rare to find a planning scenario we haven't been able to tackle.