Zoning process of vacation rental properties

The news related to the tourist rental in the Balearic Islands doesn’t stop happening, in the last days the most repeated word in this regard has been “zoning”. Recently, the “Consell de Mallorca” has announced the implementation of this zoning action that will limit to 60 days a year the tourist rental in plurifamiliares and unifamiliares that are main dwelling in a total of 36 coastal and interior urban cores classified as saturated.

The Balearic Government approved last year the law of tourist rental in the Balearic Islands and a moratorium of one year, valid until August 1, so that the insular councils and the City Council of Palma approve each one according to their criteria and interests in which areas you can rent houses to tourists, either single-family or multi-family.

Until this zoning is approved in a definitive manner, only those homes that already have a license can be rented to tourists, among which there is no Balearic apartment, although it is a highly demanded modality in recent years.
In the case of the coast of Mallorca, the municipalities of Palmanova, Magaluf, Santa Ponça and Peguera are considered saturated. The area of Playa de Palma that belongs to Llucmajor also has the qualification of “saturated”: Bellavista, Cala Blava, Son Verí Nuevo and El Arenal.
In the case of the interior municipalities we find: Alcúdia, Randa (Algaida), Ariany, Banyalfubar, Port des Canonge (Banyalfubar), Orient (Bunyola), Ullaró (Campanet), Deià, Llucalcari (Deià), S’Empeltada and Ses Coves (Deià), S’Eglaieta (Esporles), Estellenç, Es Carritxó (Felanitx), Fornalutx, Marratxinet (Marratxí), Pollença, Es Vilà (Pollença), Es Vilà and La Font (Pollença), Santanyí, Llombards (Santanyí) and Ruberts (Sencelles).
In order to determine the “saturated” interior nuclei, indicators such as the incidence of vacation rental on infrastructures or how the identity of a municipality may be affected if the number of tourists drastically increases has been taken into account..


Ses Salines, Sóller, Biniaratx and L’Horta (Sóller), Valldemossa, Es Port, S’Arxiduc and Son Ferrandell de Valldemossa have also been included in this category.In the protected rustic land and in the so-called exclusion zones, no holiday rental will be allowed. In those classified as “unsaturated” for example Sineu, Manacor or Inca, renting properties allows unrestricted tourists 365 days a year nuclei.

It’s, without any doubt, a measure that has not been exempt from controversy, and discordant voices have already been raised about it. The Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises of Mallorca (Pimem) considers zoning to be “a direct attack” on small self-employed workers and SMEs, while at the same time defending “equal opportunities in the business world”.

If you wish to receive more information about the Tourism Law of the Balearic Islands as well as the recent zoning process, do not hesitate to contact us. Our team of professionals will solve all your doubts and advise you in the most effective way.


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