Buying Property in Gran CanariaPlanning Laws to Protect the Tourism Industry

Buying Property in Gran Canaria

Over the last decade, various laws have been brought in to protect the tourist industry in Gran Canaria – potentially to the detriment of the Gran Canaria property market.

However, many of these laws did not have the impact hoped for, since in order to be effective, they required a level of investment that the tourism industry was not willing, or able, to make.

For this reason, it became necessary to overhaul the planning system to ensure that any new buildings constructed in areas designated as “touristic” would be restricted to use for this purpose.

It was purely on this basis that such buildings received planning permission, and indeed, the most sought after or privileged areas were restricted to building for touristic use.

All of the above was contained in Law 2/2013 as modified by Law 9/2015, and which amongst other things, states, in Article 3(c):

“Avoid, and where necessary correct any residential use of buildings in areas of touristic use.“

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  • Pernilla
    Pernilla, London

    We had excellent service from Esther at Advocate Abroad when buying a property in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.


    Esther speaks both Spanish and English, and is very friendly, professional and genuine. She took care of the whole purchasing process and explained all the steps for us, including giving advice on Spanish bank account, NIE numbers etc.


    We are very pleased with all the help we have received and can highly recommend Esther. Thank you so much!


    Apr 13, 2018
  • KRF
    KRF, Las Palmas

    My lawyer showed great attention to detail, was responsive and very professional.


    I will definitely use his services again.


    Jun 22, 2015
  • Dawn H
    Dawn H, Puerto Rico

    My lawyer was very helpful with our property purchase. He always replied to any questions extremely quickly and provided us with all the legal help, advice and documentation necessary.


    He explained the Spanish processes which are quite different from England.


    I would very happily recommend his services.


    Feb 11, 2014