The period for submitting the documentation to renew a licence for tourist accommodation in Sitges has been extended until 1 October.
A year ago, the Sitges Town Council published an order in the Diari Oficial de la Generalitat de Catalunya (DOGC) that required licence owners to update the requirements that include obtaining an ‘identification plate’ for display at the access to each property. The avalanche of documentation required means that the one-year deadline has been extended by a further three months.
A number of licence owners have complained that they ‘have not been properly informed of the new measures’ and that they have not been given ‘enough time’ to renew the documentation and adapt their properties to the new requirements. However, the local council claims that it ‘communicated the measures through official channels’, in addition to having been a subject ‘discussed at different municipal plenary sessions’, all of which were broadcast live and subsequently posted on the internet.
Among the new requirements, the council requires homes to have emergency lights, an evacuation plan, information to encourage recycling of garbage, fire extinguisher, and an official document to prove who owns the property, among other measures.
A year and a half ago, the council contracted a platform that inspected around 400 advertisements for tourist flats in Sitges, detecting around 50 homes without a tourist licence. As established by law, the percentage of tourist licences cannot exceed 9% of the total number of homes in the municipality.
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