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Formentera unveils renters’ clause to curb house parties, support owners of holiday rental properties and advocate for their legal stability

cartell 2021 clausulaThe Formentera Departments of Tourism Planning and Interior are pleased to offer owners of vacation rentals a clause which aims to tackle disturbances and conduct that is at odds with Covid-19 protocol. The document highlights current restrictions on social gatherings in domestic spaces, including the ban on parties, and asks tourists to pledge to comply with rules, informing them that violators risk immediate nullification of their rental agreement. Renters are also asked for details about other houseguests, with co-renters subject to applicable fines.

“This document is intended to educate tourists when they first get here so that they know their obligations”, said President Ferrer. “Plus it creates legal support for property owners and law enforcement agencies so they can act faster and coordinate their response”.

The document will be sent to tourist boards, estate agencies and tour operators, and can be downloaded in Catalan, Spanish and English from the Covid section of the Consell de Formentera website, sub-section ‘Covid Clause - Rentals’.

Last week a list of vacation rental properties, together with the names and telephone numbers of the people and tourism businesses who own them, was delivered to Formentera Local Police in an effort to improve local law enforcement’s response to house parties. Ferrer said that the new document, which she described as “a step forward” and “clear progress”, would also mean expanded collaboration.

Signed documents are sent to FLP so that, if need be, a fine can be issued. Owners will also receive assistance as necessary from law enforcement in making renters vacate the premises.

11 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera makes starting a business and declaring economic activity simpler and cheaper

cartell 2021 us ho posamThe Formentera Department of Land is pleased to present “Us ho posam més fàcil” (We’re making things easier) — a campaign to make declaring new commercial activity easier and less expensive through year’s end 2021. Said department chief Rafael González, “We’re making it easier, faster and cheaper to start a new business or declare commercial operations”.

Business made simpler
Today, Formentera’s full catalogue of municipal services can be processed online with the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC), and a declaration of responsibility and technical documentation are all that is required to start a new business or declare existing activity. The changes make it simpler and faster to process permits, with go-ahead becoming official 24 hours after registration of a request..

Lower fees
In another key change that will remain in effect even after the end of Us ho posam més fàcil, islanders pay less for simple formalities like business sales or changes of ownership. The latter, for example, will now carry a fixed fee of €200 — a nearly 90% reduction on the standard rate.

Fee rebate
Local government will also subsidise 50% of fees applied to new commercial activity for the duration of the campaign. González called it a “leg-up” for crisis-hit islanders starting a new business.

Consulting
FDL has introduced a consultation service for regular islanders and professionals alike. Queries can be directed to activitats@conselldeformentera.cat.

Municipal employees will perform door-to-door visits of local businesses and deliver brochures explaining the new measures. Industry professionals will also be invited to info-sharing meetings where related developments will be detailed.

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24 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Formentera, every corner counts’: 137 upgrades and beautification projects and €1m-plus in investment

foto 2021 cada raco BThe Formentera Department of Land is pleased to present its appraisal of “Formentera es cuida a cada racó” (Formentera, every corner counts). Department chief Rafael González gave a positive assessment of the campaign, which, from November to 30 April, saw islanders carrying out 137 projects to improve or beautify areas of the island.

González described the pandemic relief initiative, which logged €1,039,051 in total investment, as “an image-enhancement success” and, considering associated activity for islanders employed in construction, painting and maintenance, “a boost for the local economy”.

Simplified subsidy requests
To encourage improvements, the island’s government made requesting permits easier and subsidised planning fees and taxes, reducing one related tax by 95% (the legal limit) and eliminating fees and the public thoroughfare occupancy tax outright. All told, islanders and hometown businesses have seen savings of €42,342, with what would typically be €44,160 in fees and taxes reduced to just €1,818.

González insisted that, heritage sites aside, simplified permit requests were here to stay. Under new rules, plans to carry out upkeep and uprades must be communicated to the OAC (Citizen Information Office) and OVAC (Virtual Citizen Information Office) 24 hours in advance, or ten days in advance for work not involving expanded square metres.

12 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Es retarda al 15 de maig l’aplicació de l’ordenança que prohibeix la realització d’obres que ocasionin molèsties als nuclis urbans i zones turístiques

El Consell de Formentera, a través de l’àrea de Territori, informa que el 15 de maig entrarà en vigor l’ordenança de remors i vibracions que prohibeix la realització d’obres que puguin ocasionar molèsties als nuclis urbans o zones turístiques. Habitualment l’ordenança està en vigor entre l’1 de maig i el 15 d’octubre, segons ha recordat el conseller de l’àrea, Rafael González, que ha destacat que “aquest any l’hem posposat 15 dies, ja que l’inici de la temporada turística també s’ha retardat, i així permetem que es continuï fomentant l’economia local i que es puguin finalitzar certes obres que també a causa de la crisi originada per la covid han pogut patir retards”.

Recordam que cada temporada en els nuclis urbans o zones turístiques només es poden executar les obres que no ocasionin molèsties tals com remors i vibracions que normalment són produïdes per excavacions i construccions de fonaments i estructures. També queda prohibida l’ocupació de via pública amb bastides.

D’altra banda, cal destacar que sí que es podran realitzar obres menors o interiors que no ocasionin molèsties al veïnat i d’altres motivades per la reparació d’avaries en les conduccions existents que han de ser solucionades per motius de seguretat i/o salubritat, o obres urgents que no admetin dilació, amb sol·licitud prèvia que s’haurà d’analitzar i resoldre, cas per cas, per part del Consell.

26 d’abril de 2021
Àrea de Comunicació
Consell de Formentera

Formentera sends out 150 notes advocating aesthetic improvements of urban buildings

foto 2021 cada racoThe Formentera land office has sent roughly 150 notes pressing urban property owners to perform aesthetic improvements of building facades. The Consell de Formentera had planned to evaluate the appearance of buildings and, where appropriate, advocate upgrades.

The notes are part of a campaign called “Formentera, every corner counts” (Formentera es cuida a cada racó) that was launched in November and is scheduled to continue until 30 April seeking to encourage business owners and regular islanders to do their part to beautify local towns. Land chief Rafael González described the initiative as a coil-spring to Formentera’s economy and hometown firms that specialise in fields like construction, painting and maintenance.

Simplified process and rebates
In an effort to encourage aesthetic enhancements, local government has simplified the permit process and will rebate fees and taxes associated with construction and upgrades. Fees are rebated in full, taxes are rebated at a rate of 95% (the legal maximum) and fees for occupation of the public thoroughfare are rebated in full.

Islanders doing small-scale works on non-heritage sites must notify the Consell in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or online on the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC) one day before starting. Work on non-heritage sites which does not involve increased square metres may commence 10 days after notice is given.

More details
Formalities can be completed on the OVAC and related inquiries will be fielded via email at urbanisme@conselldeformentera.cat or in person at the Formentera Department of Urbanism (Àrea d’Urbanisme). Call 971.32.10.87 to schedule an appointment.

9 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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