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 a Guesthouse
Under the Tourist Traffic Acts 1939 - 2016 any tourism business calling themselves a guest house must be registered with Fáilte Ireland.
In order to become registered as a guest house, your business should have a minimum of seven guest bedrooms with private en suite bathrooms, and no more than 30 guest bedrooms also with private bathrooms. Breakfast should be provided.
Other procedures required
Other procedures a provider of guesthouse accommodation services may have to comply with include the following:
- Planning legislation, fire safety, and local building regulations
- Food legislation
- Health and Safety
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)
Please find relevant links below which provide general information on the procedures required for the areas listed above:
The following competent authorities websites also provide general information relevant to operating a guesthouse in Ireland.