Hotel licensing boards grand bahama island



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HOTEL LICENSING BOARDS – GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND
Grand Bahama Island has been apportioned into three (3) Local Government Districts, with Hotel Licensing Boards appointed by the Local Government District Council, as follows:-


  1. Hotel Licensing Board, City of Freeport

  2. Hotel Licensing Board, High Rock (East)

  3. Hotel Licensing Board, Eight Mile Rock (West)



Hotel Licensing Board, City of Freeport

Under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement 1955, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, and not the Hotel Licensing Board, is responsible for granting and canceling company licences for hotels in the city of Freeport. However, the role of the City of Freeport Board is to ensure that standards in hotels are maintained and are in compliance with the Hotels Act and the Hotels Regulations.

See section on Legislation for more details on the Hotels Act & the Hotels Regulations.
The Hotel Licensing Board, City of Freeport, which meets frequently throughout the year, is comprised of the seven members cited below, four of whom form a quorum.
Mr. Mike Mosko - Chairman

Ms. Natasha Harding - Deputy Chairman

Ms. Paula Vaughamm - Member

Mr. Chris Hamilton - Member

Mrs. Karen Glinton - Member

Mr. Kwasi Thompson - Member

Mr. William Martinborough - Member
The work of the Hotel Licensing Board, City of Freeport, is supported by the Hotel

Licensing Department, Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama



See section on Hotel Licensing Department/Contacts for address.
The Local Government Administrator in the City of Freeport District performs the duty of Secretary to the Hotel Licensing Board. The Secretary is responsible for carrying out the directives of the Hotel Licensing Board, coordinating all administrative matters for the Board and giving advice to the Chairman of the City of Freeport Board on policy matters due to his/her knowledge and expertise.
Though the City of Freeport’s Board is not responsible for granting and canceling hotel (company) licences, the Board makes decisions relating to hotel standards and their compliance with the Hotels Act and the Hotels Regulations.
If a hotel operator in the city of Freeport considers any decision of the Board unduly harsh, the operator may:-


  1. Within fifteen (15) days after being informed of the decision, make representation to the City of Freeport Board. The Board must hear the appeal and decide whether it will confirm, modify, reverse or discuss the Board’s decision.

  2. Appeal to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries & Local Government, which appeal must be lodged within fifteen (15) days from the date of being informed of the City of Freeport’s Board decision. The Minister must hold a hearing and may rule in favour of the Board by dismissing the appeal, or in favour of the operator by upholding the appeal. If the operator is not satisfied with the decision of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries & Local Government, the operator may appeal to the Court within fifteen (15) days of being informed of the Minister’s decision, but only on a point of law.

For more information on the City of Freeport Board, contact the relevant Local Government Administrator’s Office.

Hotel Licensing Boards (except Freeport)

Hotels in the remainder of Grand Bahama, i.e. outside of the city of Freeport, are subject to the same licensing procedures and regulations as hotels on the Out Islands. Their hotel licences, however, are renewed annually and expire on December 31 of each year.


These Hotel Licensing Boards include:-
Hotel Licensing Board, High Rock (East) - responsible for the licensing of all hotels in the eastern end of Grand Bahama, viz, Deep Water Cay, High Rock, McClean’s Town, Pelican Point, Water Cay.
Hotel Licensing Board, Eight Mile Rock (West) - responsible for the licensing of all

hotels at the western end of the island, viz, Eight Mile Rock, Bootle Bay, Deadman’s Reef and West

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These Hotel Licensing Boards meet frequently throughout the year. The work of these Boards is supported by the Hotel Licensing Department, Ministry of Tourism, Freeport, Grand Bahama. The Local Government Administrator in the High Rock (East) and Eight Mile Rock (West) Districts performs the duty of Secretary to the Hotel Licensing Board. The Secretary is responsible for carrying out the directives of the Board, coordinating all administrative matters for the Board and giving advice to the Chairman of the relevant Board on policy matters due to his/her knowledge and expertise.

For more information on the High Rock (West) and Eight Mile Rock (West) Boards, contact the relevant Local Government Administrator’s Office.
When making application for a hotel licence, the applicant must complete the applicable application form and other requisite forms, as well as provide all the documents required by the Hotel Licensing Board. Applications are to be submitted to the Local Government Administrator in the Grand Bahama Island District where the hotel is located.

For more details on the licensing process for an Application for Licence to Operate An Hotel, refer to the section on Licensing Procedures – First Time Applicant.

Forms pertaining to the application for a hotel licence are available from:-



  1. the Local Government Office in the relevant District

  2. the Hotel Licensing Department, Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama, or

  3. can be downloaded from the section on Regulated Forms (Applications etc.).

The High Rock (East) or Eight Mile Rock (West) Hotel Licensing Boards, based on contents of the inspection reports, exercises its power, under section 4 of the Hotels Act, to carry out the following functions:




  1. Grant a Licence, subject to whatever terms and conditions the Boards sees fit to impose.

  2. Refuse to grant a licence, or defer an application pending compliance with all respective Government Agency requirements

  3. Grant a temporary licence.

  4. Cancel the licence.

  5. Have the hotel operator prosecuted for contravening the Regulations.

  6. Have a hotel operator sued for non-payment of hotel guest tax.

If a hotel operator in the High Rock (East) or Eight Mile Rock (West) District considers any decision of the Board unduly harsh, the operator may:-




  1. Within fifteen (15) days after being informed of the decision, make representation to the relevant District Council. The District Council must hear the appeal and decide whether it will confirm, modify, reverse or discuss the Boar’s decision.

  2. Appeal to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries & Local Government, which appeal must be lodged within fifteen (15) days from the date of being informed of the District Council’s decision. The Minister must hold a hearing and may rule in favour of the Board by dismissing the appeal, or in favour of the operator by upholding the appeal. If the operator is not satisfied with the decision of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries & Local Government, the operator may appeal to the Court within fifteen (15) days of being informed of the Minister’s decision, but only on a point of law.






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