Local laws and regulations

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We work closely with municipalities around the world to ensure the cities our partners are based in remain thriving destinations. In some high-demand cities, new legislation has come into force to protect both residents and guests, and to help prevent illegal vacation rentals. Before listing your property on Booking.com, it’s important to be aware of any short-term rental regulations that affect your city, region, or country.

Many governments and municipalities now require property owners to hold and/or display a special permit or license if they want to list their place for short-term vacation rentals. In some cases, local authorities can limit bookings to a maximum number of nights. In other cases, a limit on guest occupancy may be enforced.

You can find more detailed info and the latest updates about what legislation applies to you on your local municipality’s website (see list of links below).

Disclaimer: The info and links found below are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute a complete overview of all mandatory legal requirements. You may be subject to further requirements (e.g. licenses, permits, health/safety, zoning, etc.) in order to make your property available for short-term rentals on our platform. Consult your own legal advisor for further guidance and info.

Andorra

Australia – New South Wales (also here for making a complaint)

Austria – Booking.com reporting obligation of partner data

Austria – Vienna

Canada – Mississauga

Canada – Toronto (also here the “Toronto Good Operator Guide,” and here the “Short-term rental data sharing consent form”)

Canada – Vancouver

France – Aix-en-Provence

France – Albi

France – Angoulins

France – Annecy

France – Argonay

France – Arles

France – Aytré

France – Batz-sur-Mer

France – Beaune

France – Biarritz

France – Bordeaux

France – Boulogne-Billancourt

France – Cannes

France – Capbreton

France – Châlons-en-Champagne

France – Chatelaillon Plage

France – Chavanod

France – Colmar

France – Dompierre Sur Mer

France – Duingt

France – Épagny-Metz-Tessy

France – Fagnieres

France – Frontignan

France – Hellemmes-Lille

France – Hossegor

France – Issy-Les-Moulineaux

France – Juvigny

France – Kaysersberg

France – Kientzheim

France – La Croix-Valmer

France – La Rochelle

France – La Roque d'Anthéron

France – Lagord

France – Les Touches de Périgny

France – Levallois-Perret

France – Lille

France – Lomme

France – Lyon

France – Mandelieu-La Napoule

France – Martigues

France – Marseille

France – Mas Blanc des Alpilles

France – Matougues

France – Menton

France – Meudon

France – Mouries

France – Nantes

France – Neuilly-sur-Seine

France – Nice

France – Nieul Sur Mer

France – Nîmes

France – Ondres

France – Paris

France – Poisy

France – Port-Saint-Louis du Rhone

France – Puilboreau

France – Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

France – Rueil-Malmaison

France – Saint Etienne du Gres

France – Saint-Cannat

France – Saint-Jorioz

France – Saint-Malo

France – Saint-Martin-sur-le-Pré

France – Saint-Paul-de-Vence

France – Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

France – Saint-Tropez

France – Saintes Maries de la Mer

France – Salles Sur Mer

France – Sarry

France – Sete

France – Sevres

France – Sevrier

France – Sigolsheim

France – Soudron

France – Strasbourg

France – Toulouse

France – Versailles

France – Villeneuve-Loubet

French Polynesia

Germany – Berlin

Germany – Bonn

Germany – Cologne

Germany – Dortmund

Germany – Frankfurt

Germany – Freiburg

Germany – Hamburg

Germany – Heidelberg

Germany – Konstanz

Germany – Munich

Germany – Münster

Germany – Stuttgart

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

India – Goa

Italy – Abruzzo

Italy – Basilicata

Italy – Bologna

Italy – Calabria

Italy – Campania

Italy – Emilia-Romagna

Italy – Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Italy – Lazio

Italy – Liguria

Italy – Lombardia

Italy – Marche

Italy – Milan (Lombardia)

Italy – Parma (Emilia-Romagna)

Italy – Piemonte

Italy – Polignano a Mare (Puglia)

Italy – Rome (Lazio)

Italy – Sardinia

Italy – Sicily

Italy – Trento (Trentino-Alto-Adige)

Italy – Tuscany

Italy – Umbria

Italy – Valle d'Aosta

Italy – Veneto

Italy – Venice

Japan

Malta

Morocco

Portugal

Spain – Andalusia

Spain – Aragon

Spain – Asturias

Spain – Balearic Islands

Spain – Barcelona

Spain – Basque Country

Spain – Canary Islands

Spain – Cantabria

Spain – Castile and León

Spain – Castilla-La-Mancha

Spain – Catalonia

Spain – Extremadura

Spain – Fuerteventura

Spain – Galicia

Spain – Gran Canaria

Spain – La Gomera

Spain – Lanzarote

Spain – Madrid

Spain – Murcia

Spain – Navarra

Spain – Rioja

Spain – Tenerife

Spain – Valencia

Switzerland – Basel-Stadts

Switzerland – Bern

Switzerland – Geneva

Switzerland – Lucerne

Switzerland – Zurich

The Netherlands – Short-term rentals general info (in Dutch)

The Netherlands – Amsterdam

The Netherlands – Arnhem

The Netherlands – Bergen (NH)

The Netherlands – Den Haag

The Netherlands – Dutch tax authority

The Netherlands – Haarlem

The Netherlands – Haarlemmermeer

The Netherlands – Maastricht

The Netherlands – Rotterdam

The Netherlands – Utrecht

The Netherlands – Zaanstad

The Netherlands – Zandvoort

United Kingdom – Blackpool

United Kingdom – Cotswold

United Kingdom – Kirklees

United Kingdom – London (Camden)

United Kingdom – London (Lambeth)

United Kingdom – London (Tower Hamlets)

United Kingdom – London (Westminster)

United Kingdom – West Lothian

United States of America – Arlington County

United States of America – Aspen (CO)

United States of America – Atlanta (GA)

United States of America – Austin (TX)

United States of America – Baltimore

United States of America – Berkeley (CA)

United States of America – Boston (MA)

United States of America – Boulder (CO)

United States of America – Charlotte (NC)

United States of America – Chicago (IL)

United States of America – Columbus (OH)

United States of America – Denver (CO)

United States of America – Estes Park (CO)

United States of America – Kiawah Island (SC)

United States of America – Kissimmee (FL)

United States of America – Las Vegas

United States of America – Los Angeles (CA)

United States of America – Madison (WI)

United States of America – Miami Beach (FL)

United States of America – Minneapolis

United States of America – Nashville (TN)

United States of America – New Orleans (LA)

United States of America – New York City (NY)

United States of America – Palm Springs (CA)

United States of America – Park City (UT)

United States of America – Pasadena (CA)

United States of America – Philadelphia (PA)

United States of America – Phoenix (AZ)

United States of America – Portland (OR)

United States of America – Prince George's County

United States of America – Sacramento (CA)

United States of America – Saint Paul (MN)

United States of America – San Diego (CA)

United States of America – San Francisco (CA)

United States of America – San Luis Obispo County (CA)

United States of America – Santa Monica (CA)

United States of America – Seattle (WA)

United States of America – South Lake Tahoe (CA)

United States of America – State of Hawaii


Austria – Booking.com reporting obligation of partner data

 

1) Why is Booking.com sharing partner data?

As of January 1, 2020, the Austrian Ministry of Finance introduced new reporting obligations applicable to "platforms" that are facilitating certain supplies in Austria. These obligations went into effect on January 1, 2021 and require Booking.com to provide certain partner data to the Austrian Ministry of Finance on a yearly basis.


2) What type of data has Booking.com shared with the authorities?

Booking.com is legally required to report data including a partner’s legal name, address, and VAT number as well as the type of supplies (accommodation) and monthly turnover made on the Booking.com platform.

More info can be found on the Austrian Ministry of Finance’s website


3) Over what booking period is Booking.com obliged to submit data?

Booking.com has to report the data for each year by January 31 of the following calendar year. Since January 2021, Booking.com is reporting data for the first time, covering info relating to 2020.


4) What happens if a partner doesn’t provide their VAT number or any other required data?

With the exception of the VAT number, Booking.com should already have the relevant data that has to be reported, since this is commercial info that we’re required to record for other reasons.

If a partner hasn’t provided Booking.com with their VAT number, we strongly recommend they update this info under the Extranet’s Finance tab as soon as possible. This will prevent authorities from potentially reaching out to Booking.com or directly to the partner to ask about this info. More importantly, as soon as a partner’s turnover on our platform exceeds €35,000 during a calendar year, we must have their Austrian VAT number on file or provide a valid reason as to why they don’t require Austrian VAT registration.

If we don’t receive this info we’ll have to suspend the partner from the Booking.com platform until the VAT number is provided or a valid reason for not requiring registration is shared. Booking.com can’t assist in advising when an Austrian VAT number isn’t required. Partners should contact their tax advisor to understand their position.


5) What if a partner doesn't want their data to be shared?

The legislation leaves Booking.com no option to exclude partners from the requested data. 


6) What will the Austrian Ministry of Finance do with the data and are there any consequences for the partner?

The Austrian Ministry of Finance hasn’t communicated how it will use this info, but it’s expected to be used to assess whether partners are compliant from at least a VAT perspective in Austria. 

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