Fundamentally, the star classification is free of charge. For 3*Superior, 4*Superior, 5* and 5*Superior costs incurred for mystery guest visits and an administration fee - irrespective of the actual outlay - are borne by the Austrian Hotel Classification.
For 3*Superior and 4*Superior the fee is up to a maximum of 200 Euro (excl. 20% VAT) which goes to the respective Professional Groups, for 5* and 5*Superior this amounts to 1.140,-- Euro, which goes to the Austrian Professional Hotel Association (The Austrian Professional Hotel Associationis a public corporation and not an entrepreneur within the meaning of the VAT Act. This bill does not authorize for deduction of input tax.).
You will find the classification procedures for hotels and apartments in Downloads.