If you’re interested in renting your home or a room* through marketing platforms such as Airbnb, Booking.com. Canada Stays, TripAdvisors, etc) and thus become a Host, you Must:
- Register your accommodation with the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) before creating your listing on any online booking/marketing platforms. According to the laws of Belize, no person, firm, or company shall advertise their premises, inclusive of rooms, dwellings and others without first being registered with the BTB, as this constitutes an offence. See Section 5(1) of the Hotels and Tourist Accommodation Act, Chapter 285 of the Laws of Belize which reads
Section 5 (1): “No person shall,
(a) advertise in any form any premises;
(b) use any premises;
(c) hold out any premises, for the purposes of the business of a hotel or tourist accommodation unless such premises and the proprietor of such business are registered annually under this Act and a license is obtained by the proprietor from the Registrar in that behalf.”
Section 27(1) (a) of the said Act which states that “any person who without lawful excuse uses or advertises any premises as a hotel or tourist accommodation when such premises are not registered or when there is not in force a license granted to him by the Registrar authorizing him to use such premises for the business of a hotel or tourist accommodation commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or to both such fine and term of imprisonment.”
*ALL Category/Type of Accommodations including but not limited to, rooms, houses, vacation rental, apartments, villas, hotels, guest house, lodges, bed and breakfast, condominiums, cabin, cabanas must register with the Belize Tourism Board before advertising with any marketing and/or booking agents such as Airbnb, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Homeaway, Trip Advisor etc.
Kindly click on the following link to access BTB’s Accommodation Application Form and the Hotel and Tourist Accommodation Act (relevant laws). Visit us at Shepherd Belize Real Estate for more useful resources or engage Shepherd Belize Consulting services to guide and walk you through the process.