Obtaining a tourist licence - Portugal

Modified on Fri, 17 May 2024 at 01:20 PM

Before you can rent a property in Portugal to guests, you must register the property as a tourist rental accommodation with the local town hall (câmara), and obtain a rental license known as an Alojamento Local. Alojamento Local establishments are those which provide temporary accommodation services to tourists against payment, in one of the following forms: (i) houses; (ii) apartments; (iii) lodging establishments (including hostels/dormitories).


The Alojamento Local and the registration number this needs to be included on all advertisements for your property, including online listing platforms. It is also a good idea to mention it within the written description of the property as well.

We recommend that you do your own research, as this article isn’t comprehensive, and doesn’t constitute legal or tax advice.  

The following information is required to register your property in Portugal:

  • Name, address and Tax Number (NIF) of the owner/person who is going to carry out the activity

  • Start date of the activity

  • Capacity (rooms, beds and users)

  • Valid authorization of use of the property

  • Emergency contact details

  • Name adopted by the establishment and its address

As well as the following documentation:

  • Passport/ID/Company documents

  • Land Registry document

  • Signed declaration that your property is suitable as an Alojamento Local establishment

  • Lease agreement, deeds or another document that entitles you to rent your property

  • Declaration of Tax Activity (Declaração de Início de Atividade), CAE 55201 or 552014.

How can I apply for a licence?

To apply for a licence, reach out to your local authority. Check the licensing page on their website for mandatory requirements and initial steps to comply. For additional information, you can also visit the Portuguese government website

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