The Queensland government wants to give councils greater control over “party houses” that are causing nightmares for residents in tourist areas.

The party may be over for short-term accommodation providers who rent out homes for celebrations in Queensland’s tourist spots.

The state government wants to crack down on party houses, which it says are wreaking havoc around the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and North Stradbroke Island.

“These (party) events often generate nuisance in the form of traffic hazards, excessive noise, offensive social behaviour, violence, littering and illegal activities,” Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney told parliament on Tuesday.

Under proposed changes to the Sustainable Planning Act, new and existing party houses will have to obtain development approval from council.

Mr Seeney has assured the proposed changes will target party house operators and not legitimate holiday accommodation providers.

He also said residents won’t be prevented from hosting their own celebrations.