All roofed tourist accommodations that operate in Nova Scotia are required to register annually under the Tourist Accommodation Registration Act (TARA).
Registration is now open for 2023/2024 (valid April 1, 2023-March 31, 2024). You must register by April 1.
New for 2023/2024
- Changes to the law and regulations now require that all accommodations register, even if they are located in your home or primary residence.
- You must include your registration number in your listings on accommodation platforms such as Airbnb, Expedia, VRBO and Booking.com.
- You will also need to confirm that your accommodation is compliant with municipal land use by-laws. If you’re not sure what by-laws apply to you, please contact your municipality.
Registration fees will be collected for 2023/2024 and are based on the number of bedrooms in the accommodation at each civic address you register.
A bedroom is considered any guest room, dormitory-style room, suite or room in a tourist home. If the accommodation doesn’t have a dedicated space for a bedroom (such as a studio apartment or one-room cabin with no separate bedroom), each unit counts as 1 bedroom.
- 1-4 bedrooms - $50
- 5 or more bedrooms - $150
If you register multiple accommodations with different civic addresses at the same time, the cost of registration is based on the number of bedrooms at each address. For example, you own 2 accommodations, and each accommodation has a different civic address. One accommodation has 4 bedrooms, and the other has 6 bedrooms. In this case, the fee is $50 for the first accommodation and $150 for the second accommodation, for a total registration fee of $200.
If you register multiple accommodations located at the same civic address, the cost of registration is based on the total number of bedrooms at that address. For example, you own a motel with 6 bedrooms and a cottage with 2 bedrooms that both have the same civic address. The fee for both accommodations is $150.
How to register
If you registered your accommodation last year, you will receive an email from Service Nova Scotia reminding you to renew your registration. You can click the link in the email to complete the form.
If you did not register your accommodation last year, or cannot find the renewal email, you can register at https://beta.novascotia.ca/register-your-accommodation.
If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the registration system, please contact Service Nova Scotia technical support at 1-800-670-4357 (option 1, 4) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the regulations, please contact TARA-TNS@novascotia.ca.