Habitation Certificate to be scrapped

Construction work, block of flats

Block of flats under construciton. Credit: PxHere

The Government is considering doing away with habitation certificate (‘cédula d’habitabilidad’).

These have not been required in Andalucia since 1987, nor in Ibiza since 2022.

This measure may be included in the administrative simplification decree expected to be announced by the end of this month.

The aim is to streamline processes, as they are duplicated at present. Not only is a habitation certificate required as proof of compliance with the town hall’s habitation requirements but also a first occupancy licence, which confirms that a building has been fully completed, meets habitation standards, and enables utility services to be connected.

However, certificates will still be required for existing homes undergoing renovations. While the habitation certificate is governed by regional law, it is issued by the island councils.

This proposal is part of a broader initiative aimed at administrative simplification, akin to the policies implemented by the government of Juanma Moreno in Andalucia.

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Annette Christmas

Annie Christmas loves language and communication. A long-time resident of Mallorca, she enjoys an outdoor life of cycling, horse riding and mountain walking, as well as the wealth of concerts and cultural events on the island. She also plays fiddle in a traditional Mallorcan dance troupe.