Obtaining a tourist licence for your property

Modified on Fri, 17 May 2024 at 03:10 PM

This guide will provide all the information you need to register your holiday let in France, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Scotland, and Turkey with the local authorities. 

If your property is located in France, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Scotland and Turkey local licence information must be added to your Travelnest account. This is a legal requirement so that the property can be advertised on major booking sites like Airbnb, Booking.com and Expedia. Owners risk being fined if their property is found to be receiving guests without the correct registration in place. 


Please note that other countries or regions of countries may also require a tourist licence.


Note that: Some of the steps outlined here can take time to complete, so it makes sense to get started as early as possible.*

In this article, we summarise the latest available information on how to register a property for short-term rental in France, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Scotland and Turkey. Please note that this information is intended as a guide only and does not constitute formal legal advice. We strongly recommend that you do your own independent research and take legal advice if necessary.


Where to find local licence information in your Travelnest account

1. Log in to your Travelnest account and, from your Home page, choose the property you would like to add the local licence number. 

2. Then, find the 'Property Details' section. There, you'll find the local license option; click 'Edit' to add the local license number. 

3. As soon as you click 'Edit,' this section will appear. However, depending on the country where your property is located, this section may look different due to varying requirements among countries. For instance, in the example below, our property is based in Lisbon, Portugal. That's why in this case, we need to add the local licence number and tax number (IF). When you add the local licence requirements, please make sure to click 'saved' so that booking sites can update this information on your listings. 

Country specific guidance

Below are links to country-specific guidance to help you obtain a local licence for your property.





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