Legal requirements for tourism businesses


There are certain legal duties attached to starting or running a tourist accommodation business.

All tourist accommodation providers must receive certification from the Tourism Northern Ireland before they are allowed to begin operating. See tourist accommodation certification.

Whether you’re providing serviced or self-catering accommodation, you must also follow the law in respect of:

  • planning permissions
  • building control
  • business rates
  • environmental health
  • health and safety, including fire safety
  • discrimination and equality
  • data and customer protection
  • signage
  • licensing

This guide will help you understand the legal duties you will have to meet as a tourist accommodation provider.

For more details on the licences you need for your tourism business, see get the right licences for your accommodation business.