This page is only designed to give you an overview of the local requirements, but it is your duty to know and comply with the local laws. misterb&b is not a legal adviser : you should read carefully the relevant laws and contact a local adviser or the local authorities for further understanding.
Morocco has adopted law n°80-14 to regulate tourist establishments and other forms of tourist lodgings. We highly encourage our Hosts to refer to this regulation.
Article 2 of law n° 80-14 defines the establishments of tourist lodgings as “tout établissement à caractère commercial, qui reçoit une clientèle de passage ou de séjour et lui fournit une prestation d’hébergement et des prestations, en totalité ou en partie de restauration et d’animation”. Law n° 80-14 applies on every rental matching this definition.
Article 3 and 29 defines the different categories of establishments. We invite our Hosts to refer to this definition, especially the one of “hébergement chez l’habitant” (lodging in the inhabitants place) : “l’hébergement chez l’habitant est une forme d’hébergement sous gestion familiale qui permet à un particulier d’accueillir dans l’habitation où il élit domicile une clientèle touristique pour une ou plusieurs nuitées”.
According to article 30 of law n° 80-14, starting a “hébergement chez l’habitant” requires a prior authorization, that is conditional on the respect with a set of specification and with the classification of the lodging in a category. The lodger must also respect every regulations and laws on hygiene, security and environment. Some control visits might be scheduled by the authorities in order to check the compliance with these requirements.
According to article 34, the lodger must maintain an insurance for fire, theft and civil liability.
Télé-déclaration des clientèles de séjour ou de passage dans les établissements d'hébergement touristiques
Articles 36 et 37 of law n° 80-14 requires lodgers to communicate to the Administration datas about Guests on the day of arrival. This requirement can be completed online by electronic filing : decree n° 2-15-865 of June 9, 2016 (Bulletin Officiel n° 6485 du 25 juillet 2016) sets the modalities of the teledeclaration including the individual forms that Guests must fill out.
The municipality of Marrakesh levies a tax on stays in tourist lodging establishments, that may apply on your rental. This stay tax is calculated on the number of Guests and number of night spent in the tourist establishment. The rate may vary according to the category of the establishment : for more information on the stay tax, visit this official page.
The tax is paid by Guests but collected by Hosts and remitted to the “régisseur communal”. The remittance can be completed online of the official website of the City of Marrakesh. You can call the recovery services at 06.61.11.14.76.