Register your accommodations platform
Accommodations platforms (like Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and Vrbo) need to register with the Tourist Accommodations Registry if they facilitate the rental of tourist accommodations in Nova Scotia.
By law, accommodations platforms must register if they facilitate the rental of tourist accommodations for 28 days in a row or less in Nova Scotia.
Platform operators facilitate or broker online reservations for roofed tourist accommodations. They get paid when a traveller makes a reservation.
A tourist accommodation is a roofed accommodation that’s rented for 28 days in a row or less (including a tourist accommodation in a primary residence or attached to a primary residence). You can have 1 or more rental units within a tourist accommodation.
Types of tourist accommodations
Examples of tourist accommodations include:
- apartments, condos, houses and vacation homes
- bed and breakfasts
- cottages, cabins and tiny homes
- dormitory-style rooms and hostels
- hotels, motels and inns
- rooms (including a room in a home)
- self-contained secondary suites (like a basement apartment or a loft above a garage)
- unusual lodgings (like yurts, domes and camping trailers)
Accommodations platform requirements
Accommodations platforms need to make sure that tourist accommodations include their registration number from the Tourist Accommodations Registry in all listings on the platforms.
Accommodations platforms need to register if they facilitate the rental of tourist accommodations in Nova Scotia.
You need to register your accommodations platform before you list tourist accommodations in Nova Scotia on the platform.
If you have more than 1 accommodations platform, you need to register separately for each platform (each platform needs a separate registration and gets a separate registration number).
An authorized agent or representative of the accommodations platform needs to complete the registration.
How to register
- Register online.
- Include payment with your registration.
- Submit your completed registration and payment.
- The Tourist Accommodations Registry emails you a receipt and registration number. Keep a copy for your records.
How long it takes
You get your registration number right away.
Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover), Interac® Online, debit card.
When you pay online you need to pay the fee by credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Visa Debit, Debit Mastercard). You can only pay by debit card online if your bank participates in Interac® Online.
Before you start
Make sure you have:
- website address of your accommodations platform
- authorized agent or representative of the platform available to complete the form
When you register online you need to pay the fee by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) or Interac® Online.
You can’t renew your accommodations platform registration, but you do need to register by 1 April each year. You should get a reminder notice by email. It’s your responsibility to register on time.