Councils given power to ban ‘party houses’

GOLD Coast families will be freed from the excessive noise, offensive social behaviour and violence that can come from so called party houses, under changes proposed by the Queensland Government.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said proposed amendments to the Sustainable Planning Act would give Queensland Councils a greater say over party houses.

An article in today’s Bulletin newspaper suggested there were more than 700 party houses spread out across the Gold Coast.


Council will now have the power to decide where these houses can operate and also enforce new ‘party house restriction areas’.

“These amendments will deal with the problems caused for locals when residential dwellings are regularly hired, rented or leased out for the purpose of hosting events,” Mr Seeney said.

“We’ve also given councils the flexibility to ‘opt in’ if desired rather than mandating amendments for all planning schemes for an issue that is only a problem in a relatively small number of local government areas.”

Member for Mermaid Beach, Ray Stevens said he was very pleased to be part of a Government that is empowering local councils to regulate the operation of party houses.

“These amendments will be a win for families that, through no fault of their own, have suffered at the hands of party house operators who deliberately and knowingly flouted the rules,” Mr Stevens said.

“It has been an issue of great concern to residents unfortunate enough to live adjacent to party houses and I congratulate the Deputy Premier for addressing this issue.”