Visit Dorset Business Support Hub Dorset Approved Visitor Accommodation Scheme

An accommodation assessment scheme is available in Dorset for serviced and self-catering accommodation and touring, camping and holiday parks.

The Dorset Approved Visitor Accommodation Scheme is aimed at those who do not wish to be star graded but who do wish to work with Visit Dorset and feel they will benefit from the advice of an independent assessor.

The scheme also aims to give the visitor reassurance that the accommodation meets all legal requirements and offers an acceptable level of cleanliness and comfort.

It will consist of a short annual inspection primarily focused on health and safety factors as required by the law and basic good practices for a professional business.  A more detailed explanation is below but the assessor’s visit should not involve additional work on your part.  The annual participation fee for most businesses will be just £96.50+vat (2018 rates).

The scheme is accredited by VisitEngland and the criteria agreed by them to conform to other schemes run across the country; assessments, which will take approximately 1-1.5 hours depending on the size of the business, will be undertaken by VisitEngland’s assessment service contractor.

During the visit, the assessor will be able to answer questions you may have about your legal responsibilities and guidance will also available as to what visitors expect in the way of facilities and general comfort. 

If you wish to apply for assessment through the Dorset Approved Visitor Accommodation Scheme, please contact or telephone 01256 491111 or complete this application form.

Once you have passed your assessment please contact the Visit Dorset team who will be happy to provide you with a logo for the scheme and a window sticker to help you promote your assessment status.

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