Registration and Licensing Homestays


  1. Individuals or families who own a house of good quality and wish to accommodate paying guests may spare at least ONE (1) room and up to maximum SIX (6) rooms for tourist accommodation in one house.
  2. The approval for registration and licensing will be given only in those cases where the owner/promoter of the unit along with his/her family is physically residing in the same unit or home environment.
  3. At least one of the family members should be able to communicate in English.
  4. Priority for registration and licensing will be only for operational Homestays.
  5. Once the home stay operator applies for registration, it has to be ready for inspection by the government officials.
  6. The officials from the Department of Tourism will evaluate the presence of facilities and services against the approved standards guidelines provided for pre qualification for registration and licensing.
  7. Licenses will be valid for a period of One (1) year from the date of issue and applications for renewal must be submitted at least Three (3) months before the expiry date of the current license.
  8. All initial applications for the registration and licensing must be complete in all respects, and accompanied a certificate from the Local Authority along with the applicable fee. Incomplete application is liable to be rejected.
  9. The licensed Homestay units are expected to maintain required standards at all times. The authorized Ministry officials could inspect the same at any time without prior notice.

Recommended License Fees

Classes of Homestays                        Appropriate License Fee (in Ksh.)

Economy level Homestays                              1,000

Standard level Homestays                               2,000

Executive Level Homestays                       3,000 

  1. The Ministry inspection officials, based on knowledge and understanding of homestays categorization principles, may recommend a category either higher or lower than the one applied for by the owner.

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of Kenya reserves the right to modify the guidelines/terms and conditions herein from time to time for the betterment and wellbeing of the industry.

The growing trend in accommodation pattern of international tourist arrivals in Kenya presented an opportunity for private home owners to host tourists, hence the need for planned Homestays.

After lengthy countrywide stakeholders consultation with the Ministry of Tourism officials, KECOBAT categorized Home-stays broadly into three categories: Community Home-stays, Farm Stays and Modern-Urban Private Homes, with three respective standards and registration fees apportioned for each category. The guidelines have been adopted by the Ministry of Tourism and are awaiting official gazettement. 

For more information please download :approved Criteria for Homestays Registration



The Kenya Community Based Tourism Network (KECOBAT) network was launched in August 2003 as a membership umbrella organization representing the interest of Community Based Tourism (CBT) organizations in Kenya.

It aims to facilitate information sharing; delivering appropriate technical support and advisory services; mediating and lobbying their interests to government and other relevant institutions and thereby integrating community concerns into national tourism.

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