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Youth Hostels

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 Youth Hostels

It is a requirement under the Tourist Traffic Acts 1939-2003, that all Youth Hostels must be registered with Fáilte Ireland and comply with a set of criteria for the classification concerned. This system requires all Youth Hostels to meet a minimum set of requirements in order to be approved and registered with Fáilte Ireland. 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 youth hostel services in Ireland, you may obtain further information and relevant contact details from the Failte Ireland website in the links below.

Youth Hostels

Other procedures required

Other procedures a provider of youth hostel  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 youth hostels in Ireland.