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.
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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 inspects and regulates tourist accommodation to ensure the 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.