About the PEUAT

The Special Tourist Accommodation Plan (PEUAT) regulates the introduction of tourist accommodation establishments, as well as youth hostels, collective residences with temporary accommodation and tourist apartments.

This regulation is in response to the need to make tourist accommodation compatible with a sustainable urban model based on guaranteeing fundamental rights and improving the quality of life for city residents.

An instrument for managing HUTs

Housing used for tourism (HUTs) are dwellings repeatedly offered directly or indirectly by their owners to third parties for a temporary stay, in exchange for financial compensation. The PEUAT has established zero growth for HUTs throughout the city. Therefore, in order to avoid excessive numbers and guarantee a balanced territorial distribution, when a HUT ceases its activity in a congested area, a new licence will be permitted in uncongested areas or accommodation regrouping in the maintenance or growth areas.

HUT GROWTH 2005-2014

HUT GROWTH 2005-2014
THE AREAS
The PEUAT is an urban planning instrument to regulate and control tourist accommodation in the city and guarantee the fundamental rights of local residents.
THE AREAS
AREA 1
AREA 2
AREA 3
AREA 4
  ATE
HUBS
In addition to city-wide common conditions, the PEUAT defines four specific areas with their own regulations. Each one is characterised by the distribution of tourist accommodation in its territory, the ratio between the number of tourist places available and the current resident population, the scope and conditions in which certain uses are provided, the impact of these activities on public areas and the presence of tourist attractions.
AREA 1

Area of negative growth. No new accommodation of any kind will be allowed, nor any increase in the number of places at existing establishments.

VILA DE GRÀCIA
EIXAMPLE
HOSTAFRANCS
SANT ANTONI
POBLE SEC
CIUTAT VELLA
VILA OLÍMPICA
POBLENOU
PL. ESPANYA
RAMBLA
BEACHES
BEACHES

AREA 1

THIS IS WHERE THE HIGHEST DENSITY OF TOURIST ACCOMMODATION ESTABLISHMENTS IS FOUND

AVERAGE RATIO BETWEEN FLOATING POPULATION AND LOCAL RESIDENTS
27%
AREA 1
69
%
GÒTIC
67%
DRETA EIXAMPLE
8,4 average for city neighbourhoods
AREA 1

How will a decrease be achieved?

Over 60% of available places are to be found in this area. Therefore, when one establishment ceases its activity, the opening of another one will not be allowed.

Regarding HUTs

No new HUTs (housing used for tourism) may be opened. The specific system in Ciutat Vella, which envisages regrouping these flats into a single building, will continue. When an establishment is closed in Area 1 (outside Ciutat Vella), a new establishment may be opened in Area 3, under the conditions determined for that area.
AREA 2

The current number of places and establishments will be maintained. Existing establishments will not be allowed to expand.

SANTS
SANT ANTONI
DIAGONAL MAR
EL PARC I LA LLACUNA DEL POBLENOU
LES CORTS
BAIX GUINARDÓ
FORT PIENC
FONT DE LA GUATLLA
BEACHES
SAGRADA FAMILIA
DIAGONAL

AREA 2

MAJOR CONCENTRATION OF TOURIST ACCOMMODATION

11%
AREA 2
AVERAGE RATIO BETWEEN FLOATING POPULATION AND LOCAL RESIDENTS
8,4 average for city neighbourhoods
AREA 2

How will maintenance be achieved?

When one establishment ceases its activity, another one with the same number of places may be opened. Criteria of distances and radial density are defined according to the size of the establishments.

Regarding HUTs

- Accommodation may be regrouped within the same area.
- They may only be located in blocks where the density per block does not exceed a ratio of 1.48% between the number of HUT and the number of dwellings (the average for this area) or filling an entire building with a maximum of 10 HUT (and, where applicable, with non-housing uses).
- When an establishment ceases its activity in SA-2, a new establishment may be opened in SA-3, under the conditions determined for that area.
AREA 3

New establishments may be opened and existing ones may be expanded

HORTA
LES CORTS
SARRIÀ
VALLCARCA
EL GUINARDÓ
LA SAGRERA
LA VERNEDA
NOU BARRIS
RONDA DE DALT
MERIDIANA
GRAN VIA
AREA 3

How to achieve controlled growth?

Growth will be possible provided that it does not exceed the maximum density of places, based on the morphological capacity of the area and the current availability of tourist accommodation. Criteria of distances and radial density are defined according to the size of the establishments.

Regarding HUTs

- Accommodation may be regrouped within the same area.
- A new establishment may be opened when a SA-1 (outside Ciutat Vella) or SA-2 establishment ceases its activity, up to a maximum of 387 establishments (4% of the current number in the city).
- They may only be located in blocks where the density per block does not exceed a ratio of 1.48% between the number of HUT and the number of dwellings (the average for the maintenance area) or until filling an entire building with a maximum of 10 HUT (and, where applicable, with non-housing uses).
AREA 4

Other areas with specific regulations

LA MARINA DEL PRAT VERMELL
22@ NORD
LA SAGRERA
PASSEIG ZONA FRANCA
PL. GLÒRIES
MERIDIANA
AREA 4

Three big redevelopment areas

This zone takes in three big redevelopment areas in the city: La Marina del Prat Vermell, La Sagrera and the northern part of 22@, with very diverse characteristics, in terms of urban location and building density, their uses and the conditions in which they are being developed.

Regarding HUTs

New HUT are not permitted in these areas.
ATE

In these areas, the number of new establishments is limited with additional conditions

HORTA
SANT RAMON NONAT (COLLBLANC)
SARRIÀ
LES CORTS
VILAPICINA
FARRÓ
SANT ANDREU
CLOT - CAMP DE L'ARPA
SANTS
ATE
Some specific treatment areas are determined for those city areas that require different criteria due to their urban morphology and main uses. 

This mainly concerns the historic centres of Sants, Les Corts, Sarrià, Horta, Sant Andreu, Clot-Camp de l’Arpa, Farró, Sant Ramon Nonat and Vilapicina. 
HUBS

These main hubs have specific regulations, within the regulations determined for their areas. The hubs are located in Areas 2 and 3.

Conditions

A 150 m linear-density limit between establishments has been established, replacing radial density.

• This linear density will be measured from the middle of the establishment's façade.

• Furthermore, these establishments generate radial distances over their immediate surroundings
TARRAGONA
AV. JOSEP TARRADELLAS
VIA AUGUSTA
RONDA DEL MIG
MERIDIANA
DIAGONAL
GRAN VIA
HUBS
Go to AREA 1
INICI
Special Tourist Accommodation Plan
THE AREAS
The PEUAT is an urban planning instrument to regulate and control tourist accommodation in the city and guarantee the fundamental rights of local residents.

In addition to city-wide common conditions, the PEUAT defines four specific areas with their own regulations. Each one is characterised by the distribution of tourist accommodation in its territory, the ratio between the number of tourist places available and the current resident population, the scope and conditions in which certain uses are provided, the impact of these activities on public areas and the presence of tourist attractions.

Area of negative growth. No new accommodation of any kind will be allowed, nor any increase in the number of places at existing establishments.

How will a decrease be achieved?

Over 60% of available places are to be found in this area. Therefore, when one establishment ceases its activity, the opening of another one will not be allowed.

Regarding HUTs

No new HUTs (housing used for tourism) may be opened. The specific system in Ciutat Vella, which envisages regrouping these flats into a single building, will continue. When an establishment is closed in Area 1 (outside Ciutat Vella), a new establishment may be opened in Area 3, under the conditions determined for that area.

The current number of places and establishments will be maintained. Existing establishments will not be allowed to expand.

How will maintenance be achieved?

When one establishment ceases its activity, another one with the same number of places may be opened. Criteria of distances and radial density are defined according to the size of the establishments.

Regarding HUTs

- Accommodation may be regrouped within the same area.
- They may only be located in blocks where the density per block does not exceed a ratio of 1.48% between the number of HUT and the number of dwellings (the average for this area) or filling an entire building with a maximum of 10 HUT (and, where applicable, with non-housing uses).
- When an establishment ceases its activity in SA-2, a new establishment may be opened in SA-3, under the conditions determined for that area.

New establishments may be opened and existing ones may be expanded

How to achieve controlled growth?

Growth will be possible provided that it does not exceed the maximum density of places, based on the morphological capacity of the area and the current availability of tourist accommodation. Criteria of distances and radial density are defined according to the size of the establishments.

Regarding HUTs

- Accommodation may be regrouped within the same area.
- A new establishment may be opened when a SA-1 (outside Ciutat Vella) or SA-2 establishment ceases its activity, up to a maximum of 387 establishments (4% of the current number in the city).
- They may only be located in blocks where the density per block does not exceed a ratio of 1.48% between the number of HUT and the number of dwellings (the average for the maintenance area) or until filling an entire building with a maximum of 10 HUT (and, where applicable, with non-housing uses).

Other areas with specific regulations

Three big redevelopment areas

This zone takes in three big redevelopment areas in the city: La Marina del Prat Vermell, La Sagrera and the northern part of 22@, with very diverse characteristics, in terms of urban location and building density, their uses and the conditions in which they are being developed.

Regarding HUTs

New HUT are not permitted in these areas.

In these areas, the number of new establishments is limited with additional conditions

Some specific treatment areas are determined for those city areas that require different criteria due to their urban morphology and main uses. 

This mainly concerns the historic centres of Sants, Les Corts, Sarrià, Horta, Sant Andreu, Clot-Camp de l’Arpa, Farró, Sant Ramon Nonat and Vilapicina. 

These main hubs have specific regulations, within the regulations determined for their areas. The hubs are located in Areas 2 and 3.

Conditions

A 150 m linear-density limit between establishments has been established, replacing radial density.

• This linear density will be measured from the middle of the establishment's façade.

• Furthermore, these establishments generate radial distances over their immediate surroundings
AREA 1
AREA 2
AREA 3
AREA 4
  ATE
HUBS
VILA DE GRÀCIA
EIXAMPLE
HOSTAFRANCS
SANT ANTONI
POBLE SEC
CIUTAT VELLA
BARCELONA
VILA OLÍMPICA
POBLENOU
PL. ESPANYA
RAMBLA
BEACHES
BEACHES
AREA 1

AREA 1

THIS IS WHERE THE HIGHEST DENSITY OF TOURIST ACCOMMODATION ESTABLISHMENTS IS FOUND

AVERAGE RATIO BETWEEN FLOATING POPULATION AND LOCAL RESIDENTS
27%
AREA 1
69
%
GÒTIC
67%
DRETA EIXAMPLE
8,4 average for city neighbourhoods
VILA DE GRÀCIA
SANTS
SANT ANTONI
DIAGONAL MAR
EL PARC I LA LLACUNA DEL POBLENOU
LES CORTS
BAIX GUINARDÓ
FORT PIENC
FONT DE LA GUATLLA
BEACHES
SAGRADA FAMILIA
DIAGONAL
AREA 2

AREA 2

MAJOR CONCENTRATION OF TOURIST ACCOMMODATION

11%
AREA 2
AVERAGE RATIO BETWEEN FLOATING POPULATION AND LOCAL RESIDENTS
8,4 average for city neighbourhoods
HORTA
LES CORTS
SARRIÀ
VALLCARCA
EL GUINARDÓ
LA SAGRERA
LA VERNEDA
NOU BARRIS
RONDA DE DALT
MERIDIANA
GRAN VIA
AREA 3
LA MARINA DEL PRAT VERMELL
22@ NORD
LA SAGRERA
PASSEIG ZONA FRANCA
PL. GLÒRIES
MERIDIANA
AREA 4
HORTA
SANT RAMON NONAT (COLLBLANC)
SARRIÀ
LES CORTS
VILAPICINA
FARRÓ
SANT ANDREU
CLOT - CAMP DE L'ARPA
SANTS

ATE

These are the old town centres of municipalities that were annexed into Barcelona at the end of the 19th century or the beginning of the 20th

TARRAGONA
AV. JOSEP TARRADELLAS
VIA AUGUSTA
RONDA DEL MIG
MERIDIANA
DIAGONAL
GRAN VIA
HUBS
AREA 1
Tourist-use flats (HUTs)
5.35833.240 places
Tourist accommodation establishments (hotels, apartment-hotels, hostels or guest houses, tourist apartments)
57053.886 places
Youth hostels
866.857 places
Collective residences with temporary accommodation
211.849 places
AREA 2
Tourist-use flats (HUTs)
3.24519.753 places
Tourist accommodation establishments (hotels, apartment-hotels, hostels or guest houses, tourist apartments)
13921.682 places
Youth hostels
311.425 places
Collective residences with temporary accommodation
112.105 places
AREA 3
Tourist-use flats (HUTs)
1.0415.854 places
Tourist accommodation establishments (hotels, apartment-hotels, hostels or guest houses, tourist apartments)
537.330 places
Youth hostels
131.152 places
Collective residences with temporary accommodation
192.831 places
AREA 4
Tourist-use flats (HUTs)
1364 places
Tourist accommodation establishments (hotels, apartment-hotels, hostels or guest houses, tourist apartments)
1356 places
Youth hostels
00 places
Collective residences with temporary accommodation
00 places
AREA 1 AREA 2 AREA 3 AREA 4
Tourist-use flats (HUTs) 5.35833.240 places 3.24519.753 places 1.0415.854 places 1364 places
Tourist accommodation establishments (hotels, apartment-hotels, hostels or guest houses, tourist apartments) 57053.886 places 13921.682 places 537.330 places 1356 places
Youth hostels 866.857 places 311.425 places 131.152 places 00 places
Collective residences with temporary accommodation 211.849 places 112.105 places 192.831 places 00 places

Why has this been done?

  • 1
    TO EASE THE PRESSURE OF TOURISM To ease pressure on those areas of the city most affected by tourism.
  • 3
    BALANCE To find an urban balance and diversification which ensure that tourism activities, and especially tourist accommodation, fit in with other economic activities and that this is sustainable.
  • 2
    RESPONSE TO DEMANDS FROM CITY RESIDENTS To provide a response to city residents' concern and discontent regarding the phenomena arising from tourism, given the disproportionate, unregulated and uncontrolled increase in the number of tourist accommodation places in the city.
  • 4
    GUARANTEEING THE RIGHT TO HOUSING To guarantee the right to housing (no type of tourist accommodation may replace a dwelling), rest, privacy, the well-being of local residents and spatial quality.
1
TO EASE THE PRESSURE OF TOURISM To ease pressure on those areas of the city most affected by tourism.
2
RESPONSE TO DEMANDS FROM CITY RESIDENTS To provide a response to city residents' concern and discontent regarding the phenomena arising from tourism, given the disproportionate, unregulated and uncontrolled increase in the number of tourist accommodation places in the city.
3
BALANCE To find an urban balance and diversification which ensure that tourism activities, and especially tourist accommodation, fit in with other economic activities and that this is sustainable.
4
GUARANTEEING THE RIGHT TO HOUSING To guarantee the right to housing (no type of tourist accommodation may replace a dwelling), rest, privacy, the well-being of local residents and spatial quality.

A Barcelona for everyone

The purpose of the PEUAT is to improve the quality of life of Barcelona’s citizens and build:

A city for living in, which guarantees quality of life for Barcelona residents and conserves people's right to housing, rest and privacy, the right to sustainable mobility and a healthy environment.
A city that conserves the quality of its public areas, detecting the most sensitive zones where there is an intense use of public areas, due either to the presence of one of the city's main tourist attractions or because of a concentration of commercial and service activities on the ground floors of the buildings.
A city with a balanced mix of uses, where urban diversity, the mixture of uses and various economic activities can coexist without causing conflict while guaranteeing the well-being of local residents. 
A city with morphologically diversified urban fabrics, where the size and number of tourist establishments are set according to the characteristics of the urban area concerned, with established accessibility conditions according to the width of streets.

Already in effect

On Monday 6 March 2017, the Special Urban Plan for Tourist Accommodation (PEUAT) came into effect with its publication in the Official Gazette of the Province of Barcelona (BOPB). The plan was approved by Full Council on 27 January 2017.

https://bop.diba.cat/scripts/ftpisa.aspx?fnew?bop2017&03/022017003806.pdf&1

Also available are the PEUAT activity census and related documentation, such as the Planning, Qualifications and Agreements search tool via the following link.

http://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/ecologiaurbana/es/tramites/tramites-de-actividades