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FOBBA General Requirements of Membership

“An owner-occupied, private, residential dwelling that is the owner’s principal residence, and in which the owner has control of the environment. It provides temporary accommodation not exceeding 28 consecutive days, and amenities and services auxiliary to guest accommodation, including the preparation and service of breakfast for an all-inclusive fee.”


All guest rooms available for Bed & Breakfast use must meet all specific FOBBA requirements for guest rooms and must be available consistently for B&B guests and not for general boarders or members of the family. Un-hosted facilities or those for permanent boarders are not considered bed and breakfast accommodation and are not eligible for membership in FOBBA. Bed & Breakfasts are considered private, principal residences, and hosts must live at the premise.

Owner/operators must permit periodic inspections by FOBBA representatives with proper notice. Membership will not be extended to establishments that refuse to be inspected.

Guest Policy: Members of FOBBA are expected to welcome all guests without discrimination. Individual policies such as adult-oriented or pet-free are acceptable.

Rates: FOBBA will not list any B&B which refuses to declare accurate rates. Rates and taxes must be made known to guests at the time of reservation.

Deposits and Cancellation: Deposit and cancellation policies must be made known to guests at the time of reservation. Deposits and cancellation policies must be reasonable. Establishments that do not a have a cancellation policy will not be eligible for listings in media produced or maintained by FOBBA.

Guest Services: Owner/operators or staff must be available on the premises. They must be courteous, present a good appearance and operate on an ethical, business-like basis while providing conscientious attention to guest service.

Insurance: B&Bs must carry insurance to cover their premises and business, and public liability consistent with accepted business practices. (Please note: regular home ownership insurance does not cover B&B guests! Specific policy provisions must be included so verify with your insurer.)

Guest Security: All reasonable precautions must be employed to secure the personal safety of guests and the protection of their possessions from damage and/or theft.

Complaints: Complaints from guests must be handled quickly and in the spirit of cooperation. If the complaint cannot be dealt with satisfactorily the guest must be given contact information for the FOBBA complaints committee. Lack of cooperation with FOBBA in resolving complaints will be cause for membership disqualification.

Cancellation of Membership and Refund Policy: Refunds or credits do not apply for members of FOBBA who close their operations or otherwise withdraw or are asked to withdraw from the organization during a membership term. FOBBA membership is not transferable. Membership certificates remain the property of FOBBA and must be returned on request, or upon the sale or close of the business.


Source: Standard Policies and Procedures booklet, November 3, 2009



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