Getting licence for a homestay made easy, no need for trade permission

Promoting tourism in Karnataka.  

The Tourism Department has commenced the process of issuing licence to homestays in order to promote tourism, even as it has said tourists visiting Dakshina Kannada are fond of traditional houses.

Interested house owners may approach the Tourism Department to obtain licence for a fee of ₹500 for three years; the licence, however, has to be renewed every year in concurrence with the Police Department and the local body concerned.

An official release here said the process of obtaining licence for a homestay has been simplified and there is no need to obtain “trade licence” from the local body concerned.

Going a step further to encourage house owners to offer the services, the department has said that water and electricity charges would be calculated at domestic rates and not at commercial rates while luxury tax would not be applicable if room tariff per night is below ₹5,000.

Those who own a house with minimum five rooms and reside in the same house are eligible to apply for licence for a homestay, details of which are available on or Other conditions include installation of CCTV cameras, one on the compound and another at the main entrance of the house; no-objection certificate from jurisdictional police every year for licence renewal; adequate toilet and bathrooms and maintenance of guest register, including in the electronic format.

A house owner has to provide “no objection certificates” from local body concerned and the jurisdictional police, RTC to prove ownership, tax paid receipt, 9/11 copy, copy of sale deed and photographs of the house from outside, rooms, toilets as well as the owner to obtain the licence.

The application and documents may either be submitted online after scanning them on or in hard copies at the office of the Assistant Director, Tourism Department. The Assistant Director, after verification, may recommend to the Deputy Commissioner of the district to issue a licence.

For further details, call Tourism Department, Mangaluru on Ph: 0824-2453926 or district tourism advisor Sudhir T. Gowda on Ph: 7411610243.

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