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.

Quality Standards for Guesthouses

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 :

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 a guesthouse in Ireland.