Marbella council looks at "alternative document" to help owners register tourist properties

The tourism committee meeting was led by Bernal and Fernández.
The tourism committee meeting was led by Bernal and Fernández. / Josele-Lanza
  • Many property owners lacking the first occupancy licence to register with the Junta could soon be provided with an alternative

Marbella town hall is currently exploring ways that will allow tourist properties which currently don’t have a first occupancy licence, following the annulment of the 2010 urban development plan (PGOU), to comply with the Junta’s requirements for tourist use.

Legislation introduced by the Junta de Andalucía regional government last year requires owners of private holiday accommodation to register with the Junta in a bid to improve standards. However, many Marbella residents wishing to rent to holidaymakers have been unable to sign up because of the missing licence.

Mayor José Bernal, speaking at a tourism committee meeting with the UGT and CCOO trade unions and the Andalusian Confederation of Businesses (CEA), said: “We are looking for solutions. But what we don’t want is a way for people to bypass the law.”

Now, the town hall is looking into ways in which it can produce a document “of equivalent value” that can satisfy the Junta’s criteria but also “unscrupulously obey the law”. To this end, he sought clarification on whether any such document had to be issued by the town hall itself or another competent body.

The Junta tourism minister, Francisco Javier Fernández, said that local councils would have “complete autonomy” in producing “equivalent documents to the ones we demand” and called for greater collaboration to clamp down on “clandestine [rentals] and those who do not comply”, especially with regard to online portals.