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Hosting an experience is a unique opportunity to share your passion with the world, but it comes with a certain level of commitment and responsibility.

Being a responsible host means being an informed and diligent business owner. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the local laws and regulations that may affect you and your growing business.

What local regulations apply to me?

Regulations vary widely city to city. For example, if you’ll be serving food to guests, some cities require hosts to cook in a commercial kitchen and have a food handler’s license. Or if you want to lead walks through a city center, some places require a special permit.

Three things you’ll want to keep in mind:

  • If food, alcohol, or transportation is involved in your experience, there’s likely some compliance requirements that you should be aware of.
  • Some experiences may require you to confirm you have additional licenses or insurance. These include experiences that feature activities like hot air balloon or motorcycle rides. We’ll contact you if your experience falls within this category.
  • Business licenses are generally required for any kind of activity or service where you’re earning money, which likely includes hosting an experience on Airbnb. Acquiring a business license usually involves registering as a business with your local government.

You can find tips and resources specific to your city’s local tax laws, regulations, business licenses, and more in our Responsible Hosting Center.