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BUSINESS LICENCING IN LANZAROTE


The licencing laws in Lanzarote are quite different from those in the U.K. especially in relation to anything in the hospitality sector (bars, cafes, restaurants etc.). Most businesses that we are involved with must have applied for an apertura (opening licence) in order to start trading on the island. This apertura is obtained when the local ayuntamiento (town hall) and local authorities have accepted the proyecto (project) submitted by a qualified and recognised engineer or architect in relation to the premises and the installations that have been made inside and outside of these premises - this proyecto can be over 100 pages of specific laws applying to the business and the detailed plans of layout, plumbing and/or electrical installations. The final approval of this proyecto is made following inspection by the authorities that all of the relevant laws have been followed and the installation meets the necessary requirements and regulations in force at the time of application.

In addition to the apertura licence if the business is a bar, restaurant or cafe then there must also be a turismo licence obtained from the local cabildo and if there is food prepared on the premises then all members of staff and the owners must obtain local food hygiene certificates (UK food & hygiene certificates are not valid in Lanzarote). Music licences vary from each local ayuntamiento and therefore in Lanzarote each particular resort however there are extra requirements for a business to be able to offer late night entertainment or live music. A music licence can be difficult to obtain in certain areas and it is often advisable when considering such a business to purchase a business with the licence in place to ensure it can be guaranteed. In Lanzarote business owners can be required to install sound limiters, sound proofing, double entry door systems, air-conditioning and smoke extraction to even be considered for a music licence.

All business licences in Lanzarote belong to the business or company itself and are not owned by any individuals and are therefore transferred along with the other paperwork when any purchase is completed. It is possible when transferring an old licence that there may be requirements for inspections of electrical or other installations (usually every 5 years) and these costs will need to be discussed between the vendor and yourself as to whose obligations they would be depending on the type and price of the purchase.

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