Central New York Bed & Breakfast Association

Leatherstocking Area Central New York

Serving The Upstate Central NY Region

(Mohawk Valley, Adirondack Foothills, Leatherstocking and Cooperstown Areas.)

Leatherstocking Area Central New York


aka "Beds Along the Mohawk.com and CNYBB.com"


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Standards of CNYBB Member Bed and Breakfasts


·    Conforms to definition of current CNYBB by-laws.

·    The CNYBB member verifies that their business is in compliance with New York State Laws, rules and regulations concerning the owning and operating of a Bed & Breakfast business.  It also verifies that said business is in compliance with New York State & local building (zoning), fire and health codes and has obtained a Certificate of Occupancy or other certification, to conduct said business. (Please review NYS Residential Code of New York State #AJ701 thru #AJ704. Local Codes are also involved!)

1.  Has 2 to 5 guest bedrooms which hold no more than 10 guests (#AJ704.1&.2 & Section AJ202)

( If establishment has more than 5 bedrooms/10 Guests – there are additional NYS & Health Dept. regs.)

2.  In-line Smoke Detectors are installed in bedrooms, common & dining areas (#AJ703.1 & .2)

3.  Emergency exit route maps are displayed in every bedroom (#AJ704.3.2 & FC Section 404.2)

4.  Fire extinguishers are installed in living areas (FC Sect. 906 & may also be required by Ins. Co)

5.  There are working CO² Detectors on premises (#AJ703.2)

6.  2nd floor bedrooms more than 14’ from grade must provide fire escapes for each bedroom (#AJ704.4)

7.  A portable escape device for each guest room - recommended (Article 18: 1997 Exec. Law 378(12)

8.  Lighted exit signs/Emergency exit lighting  (State recommended - Local Codes & Ins. Co. may  require)


·        Signage in conformance with local zoning codes.

·        Paint, shrubbery and grounds well maintained.

·        Entrances well lit.

·      Walkways safe, providing good footing, well-lit, free of snow and ice in winter.

·      Parking convenient and adequate. 


·        All spaces well maintained, free of dirt, dust and clutter.

·        Pleasant aroma.

·        Furnishings in good condition


·      Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers placed in compliance with fire codes.

·      A least one carbon monoxide detector in or near sleeping area.

·      Emergency exits posted (layout map of house) in each guest room.

·      Flashlights with fresh batteries in each guest room.

·      Emergency telephone numbers posted by each phone.

·      Information given on how to reach innkeeper in emergency.

·      Welcome letter giving “need to know” information. 


·        For extended stays, linens changed every third day.

·        Linens changed after each guest stay.

·        Trash containers emptied daily.

·        Must have adequate space to move about.

·        Storage - hanging and drawer space available.

·        No family or personal belongings stored in guest rooms.

·        Firm, good quality mattresses covered with mattress pads.

·     Good quality pillows, choice of firm or soft, man-made or Fiber filled as alternative to feather or down.

·      Bed linens at least 200 count percale.

·      Blankets, spreads and comforters fresh and clean.

·      At least 75-100 watt light bulbs; lamps placed for comfor­table reading.

·     Cots and Rolla ways may be available for temporary use, but not included in permanent room setup.

·      Comfortable chairs for guests.

·      Electric outlets and mirrors for personal grooming, especially in rooms with shared baths.

·        Heat, air-conditioning or fans available in each guest room.

·        Screens available for windows that open.


·        Floors clean and free of stains. Fixtures should shine.

·        Tubs, shower stalls, walls and floors free of water stains and mineral deposits.

·        Ample hot water supply.

·        Bright illumination at sinks and mirrors; grounded electrical outlets.

·        Privacy locks, especially in shared baths.

·        Non—skid surfaces for tubs and showers, or rubber mats.

·        One bath towel, one hand towel and one face cloth per guest.

·        Towels changed daily.

·        Bathroom cleaned daily.

·        In view of guests: waste basket, nose and toilet tissue, disposable cups or glasses, fresh, wrapped soaps, cloth after-bath mat.

·        Toilet seats immaculate and tightly anchored.


  • Included in room rate.

  • Kitchen clean and well-maintained.

  • Food preparation surfaces cleaned and disinfected daily.

  • Breakfast includes at a minimum a hot beverage, fruit juice, cereal, pastry or bread and may include fruit and hot entrees.


  • Certificate for collecting NY sales tax, and county bed tax if applicable.

·   Adequate insurance to cover business activities.

·   Guest registration book.

·   Advance registration/record book.

·   Business checking account.

·   Bookkeeping including record of expenses and deposits.


  • Rates commensurate with comparable accommodations in region.

  • Relationships with other B&B owners polite, cooperative and friendly.

·   Policies on pets, children, parking, cancellations, check-in and out included in brochure or guest correspondence.

·   Complaints handled quickly courteously and with a spirit of cooperation.

·   Frequent complaints and/or lack of cooperation may be grounds for disaffiliation.

Download the current Full Membership Yearly Standards Form.
This Form is required to be sent with your new/renewal  membership application and fee.
 Form is in PDF file format ( Adobe Reader )

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