Stallholders at the four weekly street markets in Marbella municipality are to benefit from new local bylaws being proposed.
Councillors want to increase levels of investment and the markets' attractiveness to residents and tourists by extending the duration of licences from four to 15 years.
In addition stalls will soon be able to be run by cooperatives as well and there will be streamlined application and inspection procedures.
The current bylaws are legally outdated, which is preventing both the town hall and stallholders applying for regional government grants to improve the markets.
The new plans are currently undergoing a standard process of public consultation and modification before being approved.
They will affect the well-known markets in San Pedro (Thursdays), Marbella (Mondays), Nueva Andalucía (Saturdays) and Las Chapas (Fridays).