Coastal property

The reform of the Coastal Act, that gives amnesty to 125,000 homes within the protected of the coast, has come effective as of the 31st of May, upon publication in the Official State Gazette.

However, the Ministry of Environment has pointed out that the law “under no circumstances” allows building where it was previously not allowed, but is simply a means of offering protection to those homes that would have been classed as illegal. Those properties already built will be allowed to renovate however, “provided they do not increase either height or volume” of the building.

The amendment also prohibits new buildings on the coast in the maritime terrestrial public domain, or the sea shore and beaches as it is more commonly known, and in its adjacent zones. Also excludes land of the public domain classed as “urban”, inhabited since before 1988, which affects mostly small dwellings and simple homes, rather than hotels or businesses. The Puerto de Santa Pola is one of 12 named in the legislation, excluded from the ruling.

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Federico Ramos, and stressed that nearly 150,000 direct jobs and 2 billion related workers rely on the economic activity on the coast, which is why this new standard “seeks to introduce common sense on the coast”.

In addition to protecting buildings that may have been considered harmful to the coast, this is the first time that the Coastal Act incorporates a specific regulation to combat climate change on the Spanish coast, as well as imposing the Ministry of Environment development strategy for adapting the coast to the effects of climate change.

This reform maintains an easement width of 100 meters from the sea, and includes a special ruling for some areas under protection of a 20 metre rule under the 1988 Act, expressly prohibiting new construction in these areas.

The standard also includes a mechanism making it possible to automatically suspend planning permissions that undermine the protection the coast.

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