The license is one of the first steps to be able to open a local accommodation. If you’re going to get into this business, know what to do to get it.
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When you think about opening a local accommodation (AL) there are several bureaucracies to deal with before you can start receiving guests. Obtaining a license is one of the initial steps and a fundamental issue to be able to function within the law.
The license for local accommodation establishments is obtained online through the Balcão Único Eletrônico. The process is simple and avoids heavy fines, ranging from 2,500 to 4,000 euros (for natural persons) and from 25,000 to 40,000 euros, if you are a legal person.
The period for granting the license is, as a rule, 10 days, increasing to 20 in the case of a hostel. However, it is necessary that the competent authority does not object, which can happen if your request is incorrectly filled out or the accommodation is located in a containment area. That is, in a parish or area where more registrations are no longer allowed.
If your application is accepted, you will receive a registration number. This is a valid title so that you can open it to the public and advertise the accommodation on its own platforms.
Know the rules, documents and procedures to obtain a local accommodation permit in this Positive Balance article and also stay abreast of what may change in the law.
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