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Decree Law No. 128/2014

Publication: Republic Diary No. 166/2014, Series I of 2014-08-29
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  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 128/2014
  • Pages: 4570 - 4577

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law establishes the legal scheme for the exploitation of local accommodation establishments (EAL).

What are local accommodation establishments?

They are establishments which provide temporary accommodation services, namely to tourists, through a payment.

The exploitation of local accommodation establishments corresponds to the exercise, by an individual or legal person, of the accommodation services provision activity.

They may be:

    • houses;
    • apartments;
    • accommodation establishments (also known as hostels);
    • rooms.

The registry of local accommodation establishments is carried out through a prior communication with a deadline, carried out though the Online One-Stop Desk, forwarded to the competent city council’s president.

The city councils may establish limits regarding the number of establishments.

Requirements of the local accommodation establishments

The local accommodation establishments must comply with certain requirements, namely:

    • have premises and equipment under adequate conservation and operation conditions;
    • have hot and cold running water;
    • have adequate furniture, equipment and utensils;
    • comply with the hygiene and safety conditions;
    • have an information book on its operation and correspondent rules;
    • comply with the safety rules against the fire hazard.

The local accommodation establishments with less than 10 users must comply with specific requirements (they must have a fire extinguisher and blanket, first aid equipment, for instance, which may be accessed by the users).

The city council’s president may cancel the registry if the non-compliance with the mandatory requirements is observed, for instance.

Exploitation of local accommodation establishments

At all local accommodation establishments, there must be a holder of the establishment’s exploitation, who is responsible for the exercise of the accommodation services provision activity.

The local accommodation establishments must be identified as such. They cannot be identified as tourist development.

They must hold a complaints book.


The accommodation establishments may use the denomination “hostel” in certain situations (for instance, if the number of users in a dormitory is higher than the number of users per room).

Supervision of the local accommodation establishments

ASAE and the competent city council are responsible for the supervision of the local accommodation establishments’ compliance with the exploitation rules.

The Tax Authority is responsible for supervising the compliance with the tax obligations derived from the activity exercised.

There are penalties applied to the non-compliances with the rules derived from the activity exercised.

What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law acknowledges the touristic importance of the local accommodation and offers a legal framework to the hostels.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law entered into force 90 days following its publication.

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