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Many people entering the bed and breakfast industry will buy one that is currently operating. These locations tend to be readily available. Sales listings are rarely lacking in choices. However, some people are much bigger dreamers. Building a bed and breakfast is not unheard of but it isnít easy either. If you want to build your business from the ground up there will be an array of legal requirements. Your local town or city hall should be able to give you the necessary information.




Before any ground work or construction can begin you need permission. Every jurisdiction has zoning laws for businesses. You have to obtain legal permission for building a bed and breakfast on the selected property. Depending on your chosen location you may have to apply for specific permits. Many areas will not allow construction because of residences or schools. Be clear on all aspects before going ahead with building.




Instead of building a bed and breakfast, some people use their own home. This is often the situation but it also must meet zoning requirements. Private property is subject to local laws. If you find yourself turned down in all aspects, get some legal advice. In some cases you may be able to have someone work on your behalf. There are lawyers who specialize in zoning regulation issues. Proving that your bed and breakfast would be a valuable asset to your community can often sway the decision of local law makers. Educate yourself so you know your options and rights. Everything worth having is worth fighting for.






A little inside knowledge, and some action, could be all that is standing between broken dreams and a "For Sale" sign on the lawn, or a "No Vacancy" sign!

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There was a series of events with struggling b&b owner/operators that resulted in us publishing this information. To read that complete adventure, click here

We wish you the best

The Farnhams (Patricia and Robert)
(authors of "Bed and Breakfast Profits)
(We ADORE Bed & Breakfasts)






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Readers Comments

Hello Farnhams
Your book has helped us. We have been working very hard for years and decided it was time to sell. Your ebook has given us some ideas on how we can stay here (we really love it). We decided to give it a try and see if we can arrange things so we don't have to do ALL the work. We've already started. We hired a young high school student to help us with some of the technology things. The last two months our reservation rate improved dramatically. This month we are hiring our second staff member to help with the cleaning. And, we are still paying the bills (with a few bucks left over!)
We are grateful

Ken and Margaret S.

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