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Subject: Opening a youth hostel
Category: Sports and Recreation > Travel
Asked by: agrossman-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 06 Jul 2006 11:53 PDT
Expires: 05 Aug 2006 11:53 PDT
Question ID: 743838
I'm doing research on youth hostels and was hoping someone could help me out.

What I'd basically like to know is:

1)  Can anyone open a youth hostel?

2)  Is there an accreditation process?

3)  What would happen if someone opened a hostel without registering
with Hostelling International?

4)  What are the basic requirements for owning and operating a youth hostel?

5)  If someone opened a youth hostel without the proper credentials,
how quickly would they get shut down?  Who would do it?  Hostelling



Request for Question Clarification by keystroke-ga on 06 Jul 2006 11:58 PDT
Where are you located?

Clarification of Question by agrossman-ga on 06 Jul 2006 12:09 PDT
Okay, slightly different direction (and clarified, hopefully).

I now need to know:

What are the zoning and building dept. regulations for opening a youth
hostel in Venice Beach, CA?


Subject: Re: Opening a youth hostel
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 18 Jul 2006 19:41 PDT

A hostel is simply another way of saying 'hotel' -- in your case, most
likely an inexpensive hotel for travelling youth.

There are no shortage of requirements for operating such an
establishment -- a lot more than just zoning and building

But much to Los Angeles' and California's credit, they have organized
the requirements in an easy-to-read system known as CalGOLD.

The requirements for hotels are listed here:
CalGOLD--Business permits and other requirements in the City of Los Angeles 
for business types:  Hotel

Depending on the particulars of your hostel (for instance, whether you
do any construction, or hire employees) you may need any or all of the

From the City of Los Angeles:

Building and Construction Permit

Burglar Alarm Permit

Business License

Fire Department Permit

Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit

Land Use Permit

Zoning Approval

From Los Angeles County:

Business Personal Property

Fictitious Name Filing

From the State of California:

Corporation, Company or Partnership Filings

Occupational Safety and Health Information: Businesses with employees
must prepare an Injury and Illness Prevention Plan

Registration Form for Employers

Sales & Use Permit 

State Income Tax Information

Waste Discharge Requirements 

Workers' Compensation Information: Businesses with employees must
maintain Workers' Compensation Insurance coverage

and lastly, from the Federal Government:

Employer Identification Number 

Proof of Residency Requirement

Additional information on all these items is available at the CalGOLD
site by clicking on the appropriate links.

I trust that's the information you needed.  Best of luck from an old hitch-hiker!


search strategy -- Used bookmark site for CalGOLD
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