This information page can help you get started in learning about some of the laws and registration requirements that may apply to your experiences on Airbnb.
Please understand that this information page is general, not comprehensive, and is not legal advice. These pages are intended to give you an idea of the types of rules that may apply to your experiences and to help you understand some of the things to consider in relation to your experience.
Different countries, states, and cities have different licensing requirements and rules and it is your responsibility as a host to make sure you comply with local laws and regulations. These pages are not intended to be an explanation of the specific rules that apply in your jurisdiction, or your particular situation, nor are these pages a substitute to seeking legal advice. If you are unsure about how local laws or this information may apply to you or your experiences, we encourage you to check with official sources or seek legal advice.
Please note that we don’t update this information in real time, so you should confirm that the laws or procedures have not changed recently.*
What are the general business license and registration requirements?
In certain jurisdictions, hosts of an Airbnb Experience may be required to register their experience as a business with the local government and/or at the national or federal/regional level. In jurisdictions with business licensing requirements, failure to register could result in fines, penalties, and/or the disruption of the Experience until proper registration is completed.
Based on certain factors, such as the type of service you provide, how often you host your Experience, whether you will be conducting your experience for profit or whether you will be conducting your experience under only your own legal name, your experience may or may not be classified as a business in your jurisdiction. In other jurisdictions, the site or location of the experience may be used to determine what type of license or permit is required.
You are responsible for checking whether your activity may be considered to be a business activity, and if so, for ensuring that you comply with local rules that regulate businesses (which may include business registration and/or licensing requirements) before starting to provide your experience.
In certain jurisdictions, you may also need to obtain specific permits and/or licenses in order to conduct regulated activities that are part of the experience. These permits and/or licenses may be required by a local licensing department and/or a federal/national licensing department.
What are the experience-specific permit, license, or registration requirements?
Depending on the category of business you use to host your experience, as well as the activities involved and the services you provide, you may be required to register your experience or obtain special permits or licenses.
It’s a good idea to check with local representatives, and consult with a local lawyer and/or tax professional to make sure you’ve satisfied all filing, registration, licensing and permitting requirements before hosting your first experience.
Location: You may also be required to register your experience or obtain special permits or licenses for experiences involving sporting activities, those which are held in parks, forests, protected areas, or in your home and some commercial buildings. There may also be insurance requirements (see below).
Employees: If you plan to hire employees as part of your business, it’s a good idea to consider (amongst other things) the obligations and other legal requirements set by the relevant government agency for your jurisdiction. This may include things such as statutory contributions, workplace health and safety and work permits for foreign workers. Some hosts may be required to obtain certain registrations or permits. This can be a complicated area and it may be a good idea to reach out to a lawyer or your local representative to understand the rules that may apply to you.
Tax and accounting: It’s a good idea to ensure that you understand what tax and accounting rules may apply and comply with any payment or record keeping requirements. Note that you may be required to obtain a (unique) tax number if you register a business. You may be able to deduct your expenses from income taxes, so it’s a good idea to keep receipts of the costs of running your experiences. Taxes can be complicated, and you may want to take time to understand the rules as they apply to you and your particular situation, and seek advice from a tax professional for more details.
Insurance: Depending on the type of experience you offer, you may be eligible for coverage by Airbnb’s Experience Protection Insurance (“EPI”). Even if you are covered by EPI, you may want to obtain additional insurance. You may want to talk to an insurance broker for more information.
Are there additional laws that apply to me as a result of my hosting an experience?
Other rules might apply to your experience, depending on the activity/activities involved. Our other posts on Tours and travel-related experiences, Transportation, Food, and Alcohol cover some of the typical activities, but are not exhaustive and it’s your responsibility to comply with the rules that apply to you and your experience.
In most jurisdictions, consumer protections laws require you to truthfully describe your experience in your experience page so guests can make informed decisions before booking. In most cases, the law requires that in explaining and promoting your experience to guests, the information you provide meets the following criteria:
- Is accurate and not misleading
- Correctly and completely describes the main characteristics of your experience, what is included, and any special terms and conditions
- Includes specifically those services that you actually intend to provide, with dates or times treated as commitments
- Is accurate to your advertised experience price, with no surprise additional fees or costs to be covered by guests
Please note that some jurisdictions may have additional consumer laws. For more information, we encourage you to consult a lawyer to find out what rules apply to your experience.
* Please note that Airbnb has no control over the conduct of hosts and disclaims all liability. Failure of hosts to satisfy their responsibilities may result in suspension of activity or removal from the Airbnb website.
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