What is it?

A registration lists your business on public record. All prescribed accommodation providers must register with Council.

This is a requirement of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

Who's it for?

You’ll need to register your accommodation business if you plan on operating any of the following:

  • bed and breakfasts
  • rooming house
  • hotels and motels
  • guesthouses
  • boutique hotels
  • self-contained accommodation
  • hostel or student dormitory

You do not need to register your business if you operate any of the following:

  • caravan parks
  • public hospitals and nursing homes
  • retirement villages
  • premises that accommodate five or fewer people.

Read the regulations below for further clarification:

  1. You may receive a fine if you start a new accommodation business, or take over an existing accommodation business, without a registration.

Short stay accommodation

Domestic scale short-stay accommodation and rentals, defined as private apartments, houses and rooms rented out for days or months via online providers such as AirBNB, Stayz, Booking.com don’t require registration under the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2020.

You don’t need a permit to operate this type of accommodation if:

  • the accommodation is self-contained
  • contains no more than 9 bedrooms
  • accommodates no more than 12 people.

Will I need more than one?

How many permits, licences, and registrations you need depends on your business.

If you think you might need more than one permit, use our Business Permit Finder to determine the permits you need.


Type of feeCost
Application fee$161
Annual registration feeVaries by type of accommodation and number of beds/ residents. Between $290 to $2292.

Before you apply

Look at our kit to help you understand the requirements for prescribed accommodation:

The kit explains why you need to register your business and the rules you need to follow.

These rules cover:

  • the number of people allowed in each room
  • rubbish storage
  • water supply
  • the number of toilets, showers and hand basins required.

You can always talk to a member of our team about the rules and regulations for your accommodation business.

When you apply

To apply to register your business, you’ll need to:

Advice for meeting the Regulations can be found in the approval kit, or you can contact our Health Services team.

After you apply

An Environmental Health Officer will assess the plans and inspect the premises to ensure it is suitable for registration.

We will issue a certificate of registration when the application has been approved. You need this to operate your business.

Transfer of registration

To transfer your business registration, you need to complete an Application for Transfer of Registration form (DOC 87 KB).

Registration transfers are only official when they’re approved by Council. You can track your application using My Port Phillip.

Contact us

Our Health Services team is here to help.

Send us a message on My Port Phillip

Email: healthservicesunit@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Phone: 03 9209 6292