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Accommodation in Northern  Ireland

Certification Explained

Northern Ireland’s accommodation sector is unique to any other part of the UK. It is the only region where legislation exists to ensure properties meet basic standards for visitors.

In Northern Ireland, tourist accommodation properties must be inspected by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB). This is compulsory under the Tourism (Northern Ireland) Order 1992. This means that properties must reach an acceptable standard before they can operate and offer accommodation to tourists.

It is illegal for a property to operate without having a valid NITB certificate in place.

There are 8 categories of accommodation which are covered by the legislation and inspected by NITB:



Guest House

Guest Accommodation

Bed & Breakfast          

Campus Accommodation

Self Catering


In addition to the lawful requirements, accommodation providers can also choose to undergo a more rigorous assessment whereby they will be awarded a star grade.  For more information on the star rating assessment please click here.

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