There are a number of legal considerations for tourist accommodation providers. You must comply with all relevant legislation, in particular the Tourism (Northern Ireland) Order 1992.
Several organisations exist that can offer advice and guidance that will assist you in starting a tourist accommodation business.
Invest NI Tourism Team
The Invest NI Tourism Team can advise you on the commercial aspects of your development.
Financial assistance may be available to established businesses or to help develop new accommodation businesses.
You can contact the Invest NI Tourism Team on Tel 0800 181 4422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should also speak with your local Planning Officer at the outset of the project to find out if you will encounter any planning problems. A clear understanding, at an early stage, of planning issues relating to your project may save you time and money.
Your local council
The Tourism Officers of your local council will have a detailed knowledge of the tourism situation in your local area and will be able to provide information about council schemes or upcoming events, activities and initiatives planned for your area. Find your local council in Northern Ireland.
From time to time the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) offers support for the development of rural tourism accommodation projects.