Council to work alongside B&Bs

Existing and prospective B&B operators are encouraged to get in contact with The Barossa Council to deliver best outcomes for staying visitors to the region.
Existing and prospective B&B operators are encouraged to get in contact with The Barossa Council to deliver best outcomes for staying visitors to the region.

In a bid to improve safety, accessibility and amenities of Barossa's 'bed and breakfast' outlets for visitors, The Barossa Council has pledged to assist current and future enterprises.

The council will work alongside providers to address confusion around approval requirements for visitor accommodation and ensure businesses meet expectations of visitors, plus safety and amenity standards.

Council officers now encourages owners and operators to make contact to find out more about the approval system.

CEO Martin McCarthy said while B&Bs provide an essential service to the region with diverse accommodation and price points for visitors to the Barossa, it's important they meet relevant standards.

An increase in a growing range of online booking platforms and the popularity of services such as 'Airbnb' has been noted by the council

"While this is welcomed...as a council we need to ensure that they are operating compliantly and consistently meeting important health, planning and building regulations," Mr McCarthy said.

"Not all operations require development approval, but importantly, where they do, we need to ensure they cater for the right number of people, provide the amenities required and meet important codes for health and safety that may apply."

The CEO stressed that the council is keen to work in partnership with B&B operators - to create best outcomes.

"This is not an attempt to make people jump through hoops or go through complex approval processes," he said.

"We want to give them the right advice so we can be assured our accommodation venues across the board are providing visitors with the required level of facilities."

Existing and prospective B&B operators are encouraged to call council on 8563 8444.