Opening a Bed and Breakfast
The following is for general information purposes only. Further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authorities listed below.
Procedures that a Bed & Breakfast may have to comply with include:
- Planning legislation, fire safety and local building regulations
- Food legislation,
- Health & safety regulations
The relevant competent authorities dealing with those areas are :
- The relevant local authority, (Planning and Building requirements)
- The Environmental Health Office of the HSE (Operating a Food business)
- and the Health and Safety Authority ( Health and Safety regulations)
Procedures required for operating a bed and breakfast
Please find relevant links below which provide general information on the procedures required for the areas listed above:
Failte Ireland Approval
Bed & Breakfasts may also be approved with Fáilte Ireland (the National Tourism Development Authority), and comply with a set of criteria for classification.
If you are a service provider looking to provide Bed & Breakfast services in Ireland, you may obtain further information and relevant contact details from the Failte Ireland website in the links below.
Fáilte Ireland has sub-contracted its accommodation registration assessment and classification functions covering hotels, guesthouses and other categories of registered accommodation to SouthWestern.
Please find relevant link to additional information for doing business in Ireland on the Business Life Cycle Table (e.g. taxation).
The following competent authorities websites also provide general information relevant to operating a bed and breakfast in Ireland.
- Health & Safety guide for catering and hospitality ( Health and Safety Authority)
- Health and Safety Regulations ( Health and Safety Authority)
- Local Building Regulations ( Department of Environment, Community and Local Government )