Hotel Licensing Department Overview

The Department

The Hotel Licensing Department is the inspectorate agency of The Bahamas Government responsible for regulation and maintenance of product and safety standards for all types of guest facilities. The work of the department is administered through the Hotels Act, 1970 and the Hotels Regulations, 1971 (referred to as Chapter 288).

The Hotel Licensing Department functions within the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and acts as secretariat for the New Providence Hotel Licensing Board. The department facilitates the work of the five (5) member Board to ensure that hotel standards are maintained and hotel operations are in compliance with the Hotels Act and the Hotels Regulations.  The department assists and supports the work of the Local Government Hotel Licensing Boards in Grand Bahama and the Family Islands; and conducts inspections of hotels throughout The Islands of The Bahamas.

All Hotel Licensing Boards are responsible for ensuring that guest facilities throughout The Bahamas deliver the highest level of value and safety standards so that visitors, who by virtue of their spend, continue to make a significant contribution to our economy.

The standards upheld by the Licensing Authorities, along with a strong legislative framework and benefits in the form of tax and duty exemptions, facilitate business growth for safe, continuous, quality-driven business operations; therefore, maximizing profits for the operator and tax receipts to the Government of The Bahamas

The Hotel Licensing Department, located in the BAF Building (2nd Floor), George Street, has evolved to the stature of a twenty-six (26) manned team with one (1) team member located at the Bahamas Tourist Office in Freeport, Grand Bahama. 

Administrative matters of the Hotel Licensing Department are segregated into six (6) distinct units, namely:

  • Inspectorate
  • Revenue
  • Data Management
  • Information Management
  • Vacation Home Rentals
  • Training

Mission Statement

To facilitate world-class experiences for hotel guests, employees of hotels and investors in the hotel industry, through the frequent monitoring of hotel standards in The Islands of The Bahamas, in an effort to ensure that each hotel is comfortable, clean, safe, of good quality, and in compliance with the Hotels Act and Hotels Regulations.


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