All about the tourist licenses in Ibiza


Welcome to our Ibiza real estate blog! This time, we’re excited to share crucial information about villa tourist licenses on this beautiful island. If you’re considering renting or buying a villa for your Ibiza vacation, understanding the process and importance of obtaining a tourist license is key. So, join us as we guide you through this fascinating world of hassle-free, authentic vacation experiences!

In 2012, a new law called the “Ley de Arrendamientos Urbanos” was approved. With this regulation, short-term vacation rentals were permitted as long as certain requirements were met at that time. However, in the summer of 2017, a significant change in the law made it considerably more difficult to obtain permits (new licenses) for this type of rental. Currently, many properties in Ibiza face the impossibility of obtaining tourist rental licenses.

What is a Tourist License?

A tourist license is a legal document that authorizes a property to be used for tourist purposes and to be rented to tourists during their stay in Ibiza. These licenses are granted by local authorities and are crucial to ensure that properties comply with specific regulations and standards in the tourism sector.

Why are Tourist Licenses Important?

1. Legality and Safety: Obtaining a tourist license is a guarantee that the villa meets safety and quality standards required by the authorities, protecting both tourists and villa owners and ensuring that facilities and services are in optimal condition.

2. Avoiding Penalties: Operating a tourist villa without the proper license can result in severe penalties and significant fines, and it can also negatively impact the reputation of both the owner and the property in the market.

3. Guest Confidence: Villas with tourist licenses provide peace of mind to guests, knowing they have chosen a legal accommodation and will receive quality service during their stay.

Steps to Obtain a Tourist License:

1. Consult an Expert: The first step is to contact an expert in the Ibiza real estate market and tourist license management. They will guide you through the process and provide all the necessary information to obtain the license effectively. Visit the Ibiza Manzanares Legal Service.

2. Prepare Documentation:
Gather all the documentation required by the authorities to apply for the license, including property plans, habitability certificates, tax payment receipts, among others.

3. Regulatory Compliance:
Ensure that the villa meets all the necessary requirements to obtain the license, which may involve making modifications or improvements to the property to comply with current regulations.

4. Submit the Application:
Once everything is in order, submit the tourist license application to the competent authorities. The process may take time, so it’s important to be patient and prepared for any additional requirements that may arise.

5. Waiting:
After submitting the application, you will receive a preliminary license number and can start renting the property immediately. An inspector will verify the property.

*Note: Since February 2022, there has been a 4-year moratorium on obtaining new tourist licenses. This means you can apply for the license and pay the corresponding fees, but they will not be processed for the next 4 years, and no preliminary licenses will be issued. More information here.

Which properties can obtain a tourist license in Ibiza?

Any owner of a single-family home can apply, but only those that meet the requirements will obtain a license. Unfortunately, tourist licenses are not available for apartments and will mainly be granted to villas and semi-detached houses.

A property must meet the following criteria:

– The property must be rented in its entirety.
– The house must be single-family or semi-detached.
– The house must be rented short-term, no more than one month at most.
– The house must have a habitability certificate.
– The property must be located in a tourist area.
– The house must have been used as a private residence in the last five years.
– The community of owners must agree to vacation rentals.
– The house must not have more than 6 rooms and can accommodate up to 12 people at most.
– The property must have liability and property insurance (minimum €300,000).
– Water consumption control systems must be in place.
– There must be separate meters for supplies such as gas or electricity.
– The house must comply with sustainability and accessibility standards.
– The property must not have been under official protection.
– The property must be equipped with 1 bathroom per 4 ‘places’.
– The house must comply with all applicable regulations.
– The property must display the vacation rental license number on all marketing materials.
– Tourists must be registered with the police according to citizen security regulations.
– The property must have basic amenities such as cleaning services, sheets, and towels.
– The house must prominently display a plaque with the specific number identifying it as a vacation rental.
– PIATs (plans for intervention in tourist areas) and PTIs (insular territorial plans) must be compliant with the rental of the property.
– The property must not have any outstanding penalties for violations (this is established in the certificate of non-existence of urban infringement).
– The property must have an active energy certificate and comply with energy efficiency requirements (F for buildings constructed before 31/12/2007 and D for buildings constructed after 01/01/2008).

This is a basic list of requirements, and there may be more depending on the exact location of the property you wish to apply for. Therefore, we always recommend using a trusted lawyer to facilitate this process and ensure everything is in order.

Types of Licenses:

1.A) ETV365-Un: Tourist stays in single-family homes.
– No contiguous properties.
– Single property on the plot.

1.B) Tourist stays in single-family homes between party walls.
– Sharing a common side wall (attached villas/semi-detached properties).
– Must have its separate plot.

1.C) Tourist stays in semi-detached single-family homes.
– Sharing a common side wall (attached villas/semi-detached properties).
– Share the plot with other properties (semi-detached community).
– The registration of this type of license does not expire, and the properties can be rented all year round.

2. ETV365-Pluri: Tourist stays in multi-family homes.
– The license expires after 5 years and is renewable.
– Can be rented all year round.

3. ETV60: Tourist stays in single-family and multi-family homes.
– The property contains more than one housing unit.
– The owner is registered as a resident in the property.
– Can be rented for a maximum of 60 days per year.
– The license expires after 5 years and is renewable.

How much does a tourist license cost in Ibiza?

The cost of licenses varies based on accommodation capacity. The number of ‘places’ each property can purchase depends on the number of places in the habitability certificate.

Depending on the type of property and license, costs are as follows:
ETV365-Un: €3,500 per place.
ETV365-Pluri: €875 per place.
ETV60: €291.67 per place.

For example, for a 3-bedroom villa accommodating 4 people, the license cost would be €3,500 × 4 = €14,000.

In summary, tourist licenses for villas in Ibiza are essential to ensure an unforgettable, safe, and worry-free vacation experience for both tourists and property owners. Making sure the villa has the proper license is a crucial step before renting or buying a property on this paradisiacal island.

At HORIZEN Properties, we pride ourselves on providing expert advice in obtaining tourist licenses and selecting the best villas for your Ibiza vacation. Don’t hesitate to contact us and start planning the perfect getaway with total confidence and peace of mind!

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