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Holiday Cottages/Registered Self Catering

The following is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authorities listed below.

Procedures required for operating Holiday Cottages/Registered Self Catering 

It is a requirement under the Tourist Traffic Acts 1939-2003, that all Holiday Cottages with more than eight units must be registered with Fáilte Ireland and comply with a set of criteria for the classification concerned. Please find link below to Fáilte Ireland’s website.

Failte Ireland

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

If you are a service provider looking to provide holiday cottage accomodation services in Ireland, you may obtain further information and relevant contact details from the Failte Ireland website in the links below.

Holiday Cottages

Other procedures required

Other procedures a provider of holiday cottage accomodation services may have to comply with include the following:

  • Planning legislation, firesafety, and and local building regulations
  • Food legislation
  • Health and Safety

The relevant competent authorities dealing with those areas are :

Please find relevant links below which provide general information on the procedures required for the areas listed above:

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 holiday cottages/registered self catering in Ireland.