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  

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 in the links below.

Fáilte Ireland

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

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.