Tourist Rooming Houses

​​Tourist Rooming Houses (TRH) are defined as all lodging places and tourist cabins and cottages, other than hotels and motels, in which sleeping accommodations are offered for pay to tourists or transients. It does not include private boarding or rooming houses not accommodating tourists or transients, or bed and breakfast establishments.

In general, TRH establishments are vacation homes, cabins and cottages that are rented out to tourists and transients for a short period of time.

Under a TRH license, an operator may rent as many as 4 units (examples: rooms, cottages or cabins).  A Hotel License is needed if 5 or more units are being rented.


  • Each license issued by the department expires June 30 of each year.
  • License dates extend from July 1st of one year through June 30 of the following year.
  • If a license is granted after April 1 of a license year, that license will extend to June 30 of the following year. 
    • Example: If a business is licensed by the department on April 1, 2017, then its license will expire June 30, 2​018.
  • Renewal fees for existing establishments shall be submitted to the Department before June 30 each year.


​Type of Facility​Annual License Fee​One Time Pre-Inspection Fee
​Tourist Rooming House (1-4 Rooms)​$110​$300


  1. To obtain a license through the department, first 608-224-4923 or email ​our licensing specialists.
  2. The licensing specialist will get you the information you need and will explain the process steps to you.​​