Hotels

Keeping up-to-date with licensing and registration, made easy…

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) understands the critical role that the accommodations sector plays in providing overnight travellers to Belize with unmatched Belizean hospitality and comfort.

Accommodations Licensing ProcessAt a glance look of the Application Process for Hotel License

Get the facts about licensing with us…

The Licensing of accommodations insures that the said property has been certified to operate under the Laws of Belize. 

All accommodations in Belize must meet tourism industry quality standards and meet the requirements set forth in the Hotels And Tourist Accommodation Act, Chapter 285 of the Laws of Belize Revised Edition 2011 and the Hotels And Tourist Accommodation Act, Chapter 285S Of The Laws Of Belize Revised Edition 2003.

Licensing commences, following the completion of the registration process.

  1. Application for a Hotel Registration and Accommodation license is to be submitted online via [email protected]
  2. Application for a Hotel Registration and Accommodation licence for new & existing hotels can be made from 1 September to 31 October only.
  3. Please submit all the following documents as attachments together with the online application (signed)
  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Ownership Land Title, Conveyance or Other
  3. Business Name Certificate of Registration
  4. Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum of Association and Article of Shares
  5. Certified copy of Certificate of Good Standing from Companies Registry
  6. Central Building Authority – Occupancy Certification (every 4 years)
  7. Department of Environment  –  Environmental Clearance
  8. Fire Department No Objection Report
  9. Public Health Standards Inspection
  10. Food Establishment Certification (if the property has a restaurant)
  11. Trade License Certificate from Town Board (if located in town/city)
  12. Letter of Support from Village Council (if located in village)
  13. Liquor License (if the property sells alcohol)
  14. Emergency Preparedness Plan
  15. Social Security Board Registration Record
  16. Owners Passport Particulars
  17. Letter of Appointment & Authorization for the Manager
  18. Residency of Work Permit for Foreigner (Managers only)
  19. The Management Entity’s Rental Agreement
  20. Declaration of Service Charge Scheme
  21. Pictures of the Overall Facilities (1 front, 1 back, 1 office, 1 room)
  22.  Ministry of Trade and Investment – Gaming License.
  23. Rental Space Inventory Form
  24. Quality Assurance Inspection
  25. Application Fee
  1. Vetting & Processing of Completed Application Documents – 2 to 3 weeks
  2. Thereafter minimum of 4 weeks from the pre-opening inspection date

 

1.  A pre-opening inspection will be carried out to ascertain the hotel/ property is ready for operations. Checks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Furniture and fittings in most rooms
  • Clearly visible hotel frontage & signage
  • Reception counter or area for receiving guests

2.  Processing of the application will take a minimum of four weeks from the pre-opening inspection date.
3.  You will be informed via e-mail if your application has been approved.
4.  After the application has been approved, you will receive an email to that the License will be ready after 5 business days.
5.  The Hotel Registration and Accommodation License should be displayed in a conspicuous place, preferably at the Reception Counter of the hotel.

(i) Hotel – $25.00 plus $5.00 for each room
Note: Since the license is valid for 2 years the charge per room becomes $10.00

As tourism stakeholders, your partnership is important to the continued growth of our Belize tourism industry.

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is legislated by the Laws of Belize to collect and manage tourist accommodation tax. This 9% tourist accommodation tax is used to effectively and efficiently fulfill the BTB’s mandated operations for sustaining, marketing and developing Belize’s tourism industry.

Hotels and Tourist Accommodations are required to collect this  9%  tax from each guest, on behalf of the Government of Belize. This tax is then paid to the BTB.

For any questions related to Hotel taxes feel free to contact Mr. Stanley Francis, Senior Tax Auditor, at email: [email protected] call us at 227-2420.

For any additional queries about this process, please contact our licensing team at [email protected] or by telephone: 227-2420.

NOTE: Please email completed Accommodation application form to [email protected]

Hotel FormsClick on the below to download forms.

Hotel & Tourist Accommodation Regulations

Hotel and Tourist Accommodation Regulations-Fifth Draft

Download Here

Hotel & Tourism Accommodation Act CH 285

Hotel & Tourism Accommodation Act CH 285 Showing the Substantive Laws as at 31st May, 2011.

Download Here

Timeshare Act

Registration and Regulation of Timeshare Accommodation in Belize.

Download Here

Hotels & Tourist Accommodation Act CH 285 Subsidiary Laws

Hotel & Tourism Accommodation Act CH 285 Showing the Subsidiary Laws as at 31st October, 2003.

Download Here

Liveaboard

Making your transition to living abroad that much easier.

Application

Accommodation Vessel Template

Amnesty Application Program

Learn more about the program here

Download application here.

Accommodation Directory

Making your stay a memorable one…

In the same way there are many things to do here, you’ll find optional places to stay.

With everything from luxury resorts, family-friendly hotels, vacation rentals, condominiums, guesthouses, campgrounds and live-aboard vessels, the choices and preferences are catered to the individual traveller.

On the shorelines of the Caribbean coast or near mystical Maya sites, each location in Belize offers unique places to stay. There are accommodations to suit everyone, from adventure seekers, divers, beach vacationers, eco-tourists, family groups, honeymooners and more.

For any additional queries about our directory, please contact our licensing team at [email protected] or by telephone: 227-2420.