It is necessary for short-term rental hosts in certain areas of Spain to obtain and be able to show a tourist licence number, cadastral reference and tax ID (NIF, NIE or CIF number). If your property is in one of the regions where this is required, this should be added to your TravelNest account. Without submitting this information you will not be able to go live on the booking channels.

Your tourist licence number is also known as property registration number. The cadastral reference can be found in all documents with tax implications related to the property, such as a deed of sale or IBI tax bill. The tax identification number is either NIF (for Spanish citizens), NIE (for non-citizens), or CIF (for a business).

To apply for the above information you should visit your local town hall (or Ayuntamiento) to find out exactly what is required for tourist rentals in your area. Requirements or decrees can vary considerably from region to region, and some are more complex than others. Once your property meets any requirements set by the local authority, you can proceed with applying for your licence.

If you use an agency to manage your property, then their details must be provided. In some areas, there is a fee involved in issuing the licence number, depending on the size and location of the property. Obtaining your licence number can take several months, so it is important to get started with this process as soon as possible.

The Spanish government delegate the task of regulating short term rentals to its network of 17 regional government departments, and each region sets its own distinct laws and regulations. If you wish to rent out a holiday property in Spain, your first step should be to familiarise yourself with the regulations as they apply to the region where your property is located. This guide provides a comprehensive overview of the steps involved in getting a tourist licence in Spain, broken down by region.

In some areas of Spain, such as Barcelona and the Canary Islands, there are short-term rental restrictions in place. In Palma, new holiday rentals are banned outright. This article provides a useful overview of the different levels of restriction in place across Spain.

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