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Tourist Accommodation Certificate

While we all love going on holiday, if you are a tourist provider in Northern Ireland you will need a Tourist Accommodation Certificate to provide accommodation to tourists, whether that be a hotel, hostel or Airbnb accommodation.

LICENCE Name

Tourist Accommodation Certificate

AUTHORITY

Northern Ireland Tourist Board

TIME TO GET LICENCED 12 weeks
COST £40.00
VALID FOR 4 years
STEPS TO GET LICENSED
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Application for Tourist Accommodation Certificate

inspection fee
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What is the Tourist Accommodation Certificate?

In Northern Ireland, to be able to provide tourist accommodation for tourists visiting the country, you will a Tourist Accommodation Certificate.

Tourist Accommodation Certification is issued by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board who are responsible for the development and marketing of tourism to Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Tourist Board inspect and regulate tourist accommodation to ensure health and safety of premises and a quality visitor experience.

The Tourism (Northern Ireland) Order 1992 prohibits anyone from providing or offering tourist accommodation unless there is a valid certificate issued by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

How do I apply for Tourist Accommodation Certification?

To apply for a Tourist Accommodation Certificate, please visit the Official Northern Ireland Tourist Board Website.

Do I need Tourist Accommodation Certification for my Airbnb accommodation?

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where anyone offering overnight accommodation must have certification by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, this includes any type of Airbnb accommodation.

Will my premises be inspected?

As part of your application for a Tourist Accommodation Certificate., your premises will be inspected by a Quality & Standards Officer. After the inspection, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board will either approve or refuse the issue of a certificate.

If your property doesn’t meet the criteria for a Tourist Accommodation Certificate your application will be refused. You will be served a notice from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board detailing the reasons for refusal.

FAQs

No. If you provide tourist accommodation such as a hotel, hostel or Airbnb accommodation without a Tourist Accommodation Certificate you may be fined up to £2,500 and potentially face imprisonment for up to six months.
The Tourist Accommodation Certificate must be displayed in your premises or near the entrance, or in any other place the Northern Ireland Tourist Board specifies. If you fail to display your Tourist Accommodation Certificate you may be fined up to £2,500.
Costs for a Tourist Accommodation Certificate start from £40 depending on the size of the premises and how many rooms are being let out to tourists.
Yes. Your Tourist Accommodation Certificate must be renewed every 4 years. The Northern Ireland Tourist Board will also carry out a statutory inspection of your premises at least once every four years.