Safe houses are businesses that rent out rooms for a short time to sex workers—usually street workers —and their clients. As businesses they may need planning approval as a hotel and/or brothel.
Sexual services are provided in safe houses, so the council may define them as a brothel. They are likely to need development approval as brothels do.
Under NSW occupational health and safety laws, the operators of safe houses are responsible for the health and safety of all people on the premises, including employees (front-of-house, managers and security) and sex workers, their clients and visitors.
Where injecting equipment is used in safe houses and other sex industry premises, the operators need to provide safe storage and disposal systems. You can find out more about supply and disposal issues from: