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Do You Need the Agreement of the Condominium for Getting an AL Permit?

Getting an AL Permit
#Getting an AL Permit

When it comes to obtaining an Alojamento Local (AL) permit in Portugal, the rules can vary depending on the region. Here, we’ll focus on Madeira, mainland Portugal, and the Azores.


In Madeira, the registration of all AL properties is currently allowed. For new AL applications, the registration does not require the initial agreement of all condominium owners. However, the assembly of condominium owners, by decision of at least two-thirds of the permilation of the building, can oppose the exercise of the accommodation activity location in a fraction. This means that while you can apply for an AL permit without the initial agreement of the condominium, they can stop you if there is a majority of two-thirds or more of the owners. The registration of a local accommodation establishment lasts for five years, renewable for equal periods thereafter. The AL license is not transferable to a subsequent purchaser of the property.

Mainland Portugal

In mainland Portugal, as of October 7, 2023, new AL licenses will no longer be issued in high-density municipalities, primarily along the coastline and in the Algarve. This prohibition, however, excludes low-density municipalities and autonomous regions such as Madeira and Açores. In a building with horizontal property and autonomous fractions, AL opening requires authorization from other condominium owners. If more than half oppose, AL operation is prohibited.


The Azores, like Madeira, are autonomous regions and are therefore exempt from the suspension of new AL registrations that is in effect at the national level. The same rules that apply to Madeira regarding the agreement of the condominium for getting an AL permit also apply to the Azores.

In conclusion, if you’re considering obtaining an AL permit in Portugal, it’s crucial to understand the specific regulations that apply to your region. Always seek advice from local authorities or legal experts to ensure you’re fully informed and compliant with the law.

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