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.

To establish a Bed & Breakfast in Ireland you will have to comply with planning legislation, with regards fire safety and local building regulations. You will also have to be compliant with food legislation and health & safety regulations.

Competent Authorities

The relevant competent authorities dealing with those areas are :

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.

Fáilte Ireland has sub-contracted its accommodation registration assessment and classification functions covering hotels, guesthouses and other categories of registered accommodation to SouthWestern.

Quality Standards for Bed & Breakfasts

Further information

The following competent authorities websites provide general information relevant to operating a bed and breakfast in Ireland.

Contact Information

Fáilte Ireland

Tel: 1890 697 000