East Coast Fire & Safety

Short-term Rental Accommodation Fire Safety Standard (STRA)

Short-term Rental Accommodation Fire Safety Standard (STRA)

New rules take effect on 1st November 2021

The NSW Government has announced a state-wide policy for short-term rental accommodation (STRA) that applies a clear and consistent set of rules while protecting the rights of hosts, guests, and neighbours across NSW.

The new rules will apply from 1 November 2021. A delayed commencement gives hosts, councils, and other industry participants time to familiarise themselves with the new policy. Hosts will need to comply with the new rules by 1 November 2021.

The new regulatory framework seeks to ensure local communities continue to enjoy the economic benefits of STRA, while managing potential adverse impacts.

Who does this apply to:

Under the new rules, short-term rental accommodation means: Short-term rental accommodation means a dwelling used by the host to provide accommodation in the dwelling on a commercial basis for a temporary or short-term period.

STRA is often facilitated through online booking platforms such as Stayz, Airbnb and Booking.com.

Definitions &Requirements

Class 1a buildingsA single dwelling being a detached house; or one of a group of attached dwellings being a town house, row house or the like.

  • Smoke and Heat Alarms
  • Evacuation Diagrams

Class 2 buildingApartment buildings typically, multi-unit residential buildings where people live above and below each other.

  • Smoke and Heat Alarms
  • Egress Doors
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Fire Blankets
  • Evacuation Diagrams

Class 4 part of a buildingA sole dwelling or residence within abuilding of a non-residential nature. There can only be one Class 4 part in a building e.g. caretaker’s residents.

  • Smoke and Heat Alarms
  • Egress Doors
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Fire Blankets
  • Evacuation Diagrams