Register your tourist accommodation
Most tourist accommodations need to register with the Tourist Accommodations Registry to operate in Nova Scotia. You don’t have to register your tourist accommodation if it’s in your primary residence or attached to your primary residence.
By law, tourist accommodations must register to operate in Nova Scotia if they provide accommodations for 28 days or less.
You don’t have to register your tourist accommodation if:
- it’s in your primary residence (for example, a room in your primary residence or a bed and breakfast that’s also your primary residence)
- it’s attached to your primary residence (for example, a loft above your garage if the garage is attached to your primary residence; you do need to register a loft above your garage if the garage isn’t attached to your primary residence)
- you provide accommodations for more than 28 days in a row
- your accommodation isn’t roofed like a campground or doesn’t have a fixed roof like a camper trailer
Your primary residence is the home where you live as an owner or tenant. It’s also the address you use for bills, identification, taxes and insurance.
A tourist accommodation is a roofed accommodation that hosts or operators rent to travellers for 28 days or less. You can have 1 or more rental units within a tourist accommodation.
Types of tourist accommodations
Examples of tourist accommodations that need to register include:
- apartments, condos, houses and vacation homes
- bed and breakfasts
- cottages, cabins or tiny homes
- rooms (for example, suites, dormitory-style rooms or rooms in a tourist home) and hostels
- unusual lodgings (for example, yurts, domes or camping trailers)
Campgrounds only need to register if they offer roofed accommodations like cabins, cottages or yurts.
You get a registration number when you register your tourist accommodation. You need the registration number to participate in provincial government tourism programs and marketing (like the Doers & Dreamers Travel Guide and novascotia.com) even if your tourist accommodation is in your primary residence. You may also need the registration number to list or advertise your accommodation on accommodations marketing platforms (like Expedia and Airbnb).
Transferring registration number to new owners
If you’re selling an already registered tourist accommodation you can’t transfer the registration to the new owners. The new owners need to register the tourist accommodation before they start operating the accommodation.
Most tourist accommodations need to register to operate in Nova Scotia. You need to register your tourist accommodation before you start operating the accommodation.
You need to register each accommodation location with a different civic address (each location gets a separate registration number). You can register multiple accommodations at the same time.
The accommodation host or operator needs to complete the registration.
How to register
- Register online.
- Submit your completed registration.
- 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.
There is no cost to register for the 2022 to 2023 operating year (between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023).
The cost of registration is based on the number of bedrooms for all rental units within your accommodation. If a unit doesn’t have a dedicated space for a bedroom, each unit counts as 1 bedroom.
|Registration (1 to 4 bedrooms)||$50.00|
|Registration (5 or more bedrooms)||$150.00|
|Renewal (1 to 4 bedrooms)||$50.00|
|Renewal (5 or more bedrooms)||$150.00|
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:
- civic address of accommodation and number of bedrooms in the accommodation
- name, mailing address, email and phone number for host or operator
- your username and password (you get these when you create your Online Services account if your tourist accommodation business is registered with Registry of Joint Stock Companies
- your tourist accommodation added to your Online Services account (you need to ‘Add a registered business’) if your tourist accommodation business is registered with Registry of Joint Stock Companies
You need to renew your registration by 1 April each year. You should get a renewal notice by email. It’s your responsibility to renew on time.