Some short-stay accommodation facilities across Manjimup are lacking the proper planning, building or environmental health approvals, according to the local shire. The Shire of Manjimup said it had consistently found landowners were advertising their properties as holiday homes without checking the right boxes beforehand. A person is allowed to own a home they wish to use as a holiday home for themselves or friends but once a fee is charged for using the residence there needs to be approvals on the property. According to the Shire, when homes do not meet these planning requirements, it puts the dwelling at risk and may also affect the local population near the holiday home. Shire president Paul Omodei said bushfire concern was something taken into consideration when approving or rejecting applications on short-stay accommodation. “Bushfire is a serious consideration for the Shire when assessing proposals for short-stay accommodation,” he said. “Unless a bushfire attack level of 29 or less is achieved, the Shire cannot support an application unless it is a hosted accommodation.” The Shire said its planning approval was required before any building was used as short-stay accommodation. Depending on the house itself there may be extra steps and checks necessary before opening the dwelling as a holiday home or Airbnb. If the house caters for more than six people it will need to be classified as a lodging house; likewise if the house is not on a reticulated sewer, information will be needed to show the wastewater management system can cope. If the home is not connected to reticulated water, access to clean drinking water will need to be displayed.