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

Primary residence

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.

Tourist accommodations

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:

  • bed and breakfast
  • cottage or cabin
  • hostel
  • hotel
  • inn
  • manufactured (mobile) home
  • motel
  • resort
  • room (for example, suite, dormitory-style room or room in a tourist home)
  • unusual lodging (for example, tiny home, yurt or dome)
  • vacation home

Campgrounds only need to register if they offer roofed accommodations like cabins, cottages or yurts.

Registration number

You get a registration number when you register your tourist accommodation. You may need the registration number to list or advertise your accommodation on accommodations marketing platforms (like Expedia and Airbnb).

Transfer 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.

If you don’t register, you can be fined up to $7,500 for each year you’re not registered.

Eligibility

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 separately for each accommodation location with a different civic address (each location needs a separate registration and gets a separate registration number).

The accommodation host or operator needs to complete the registration.

How to register

  1. Register online.
  2. Submit your completed registration.
  3. 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.

Cost

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.

There is no cost to register for the 2020 to 2021 operating year (between 01 April 2020 and 31 March 2021).

Activity Fee
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

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • civic address of accommodation
  • number of bedrooms in 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

Register online

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Renewal

You need to renew your registration by 01 April each year. You should get a renewal notice a month before the renewal date. It’s your responsibility to renew on time.