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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 Hotels

It is a requirement under the Tourist Traffic Acts 1939-2016, that all hotels providing tourist accommodation must be registered with Fáilte Ireland and comply with a set of criteria for the classification concerned.

All hotels must be classified using the Fáilte Ireland Hotel Classification Scheme, hotels
must attain the approval minimum entry level requirements in order to comply with the
Registration and Renewal of Registration Regulations for Hotels 2016. The scheme was
developed in close consultation with the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF).

Information on Quality Assurance and The Hotel Classification Criteria

Other procedures required

Other procedures a provider of hotel 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 :

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

Further information

The following competent authorities websites also provide general information relevant to operating hotels  in Ireland.

Contact Information

Tel: 1890 697 000

Email: qualityassurance@failteireland.ie

Other contact details