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The Porto City Council approved the suspension of new Alojamento Local registrations in the Historical Centre of Porto and Bonfim

The suspension of new Alojamento Local registrations in União de Freguesias do Centro Histórico do Porto and in Bonfim was approved on October 10.

The new measure will apply to these areas for a period of six months and can be extended for another six, or until the Municipal Regulation for the Sustainable Growth of Alojamento Local comes into force.

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GuestReady Gestão de Alojamento Local

Porto City Council orders a study to determine Containment Zones in the city

With the consequences of the crisis in tourism after the coronavirus pandemic, and as the city of Porto is a more seasonal tourist market than Lisbon, the Municipality of Porto decided to cancel the Local Accommodation restrictions associated with the containment areas that covered the Historic Center and part of Bonfim.

The measure was approved in 2020 and remains in effect during the first months of 2022.

However, in view of recent decisions approved in April 2022, by the Porto City Council, new regulations will be launched in the coming months aiming at the demographic balance of the city and the “sustainable growth of tourist accommodation”.

In the past, limitations on Alojamento Local in Porto were based on the following measures:

Greater accountability of Alojamento Local hosts

When you submit your application to the Registo Nacional de Alojamento Local (RNAL) you need to guarantee that your property has a proper connection to the public water supply network; as well as the installation of safety devices, including a fire extinguisher and a “fire blanket”; an emergency plan; civil liability insurance.

Containment Areas

Two groups of  Alojamento Local have been created with different restrictions in place. The two groups are “Tourist Areas of Sustainable Exploration” and the “Tourist Conditional Zones”. Within the latter group, the three areas are further subdivided into:

Regarding this last measure, the city council emphasised that its decision was made not to create a containment area with the intention of prohibiting the Alojamento Local in Porto, but rather to balance the offer of Alojamento Local in the city. Therefore, the three containment areas were designed in accordance with the level of Alojamento Local pressure in the area:

  • Conditioned Containment Area

50% pressure level of short-term rentals in this area. The council voted for a suspension to stop any further permits to be granted in this area for six months or until the new regulations are finalised. Once the suspension is lifted, new short-term rental permits for this area will be valid for two years.

  • Areas of Preventative Containment

37-50% pressure level of short-term rentals in this area. Permits granted for this area will be valid for four years.

  • Areas of Contingent Containment

25-37.5% pressure level of short-term rentals in this area. Permits for this area will be valid for six years or more.

Check here the original regulations article launched in 2019.

Porto short-term rental containment area

Porto Containment Area Map. Source: ALEP, 31 May 2019, Situação do Regulamento Municipal para o Alojamento Local. Slideshare.

GuestReady has a short-term rental guide that takes the user through each step to getting their Alojamento Local Permit; from registering with the Finanças (tax authority) to registering an Alojamento Local at the Balcão do Empreendedor. The guide further helps property managers and homeowners meet all general health and safety requirements to ensure they pass regular governmental audits.

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