Business hours

Information on business-hour regulations

Jurisdiction over Catalonia's business-hour regulations is currently shared by the Spanish government and the Generalitat [regional government] of Catalonia.

February 19, 2014 the Act 3/2014, of 19 February, on business opening hours and measures for certain promotional activities, was approved (Official Journal of the Generalitat de Catalunya 24.2.2014). Comes into force on February 25, 2014.


Tourist area where shops open

Under the Resolution of 25 April 2016 issued by the Director-General of Commerce at the Generalitat of Catalonia, approval has been given to the City Council's request to amend the Resolution of 10 July 2014, classifying several areas within Barcelona's municipal boundaries as tourist zones, for the purposes of commercial opening hours.

Commercial establishments located in areas classified as tourist zones may open on Sundays, anytime from 12 pm to 8 pm, from 5 to 24 May, both days included, and from 1 to 14 October, both days included.

Both pavements are included in border streets.

areas within Barcelona's municipal boundaries as tourist areas, for the purposes of business opening hours

Barcelona business opening-hours calendar for 2017

Barcelona business opening-hours calendar for 2017


Permits for changing shop opening hours for special events

Under exceptional circumstances, when entertainment, cultural, festive and other are due to take place, shopping hours may be extended beyond 10 pm, at the request of the City Council and with prior authorisation by the Generalitat's Directorate-General of Commerce, in accordance with the provisions of Law 3/2014, of 19 February, governing opening hours and measures for specific promotional activities. 

Authorisation to extend opening hours for shops in Passeig de Gràcia on 1 December for Shopping Night Barcelona.


Municipal regulations

For the purposes of public order, local authorities may agree to the mandatory night-time closing of establishments intending to invoke any of the opening-hour exemptions, through the corresponding communication to the Directorate-General of Commerce.

This regulation can be found in the following districts in Barcelona:


Notices for business hours

Commercial establishments must display their opening hours in such a way that the information is visible to the public, even when the establishment is closed.

Establishments that are mainly dedicated to supplying services, such as hairdressers, beauty centres, launderettes and internet cafés etc., are exempt from opening-hour restrictions.