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Formentera ditches permits for remodels with no change to surface area

The Formentera Land Department reminds property-owners of non-heritage sites that, short of add-ons, improvements may be performed as early as ten days after notifying the administration of intent. “Whether notice is given in-person at the OAC or online on the OVAC”, said land chief Rafael González, “work can start within ten days if the surface area isn’t affected.”

Minor work on non-heritage sites can begin just one day after plans are communicated. “The idea is to simplify legwork on projects that don’t involve expanded square metres”, said Ramírez. “We wanted to make things easier for regular islanders and construction firms”, he added, highlighting hopes the change would serve to lighten the workload of the FLD.

Permit fee rebates
Until 30 April, “Formentera, every corner counts” seeks to offer pandemic relief and re-energise the local economy and hometown construction firms by offering a full rebate of fees for small works permits and a 95% rebate on fees for standard project permits.

11 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Island pulls veil back on urban beautification push: ‘Formentera, every corner counts’

foto 2020 F es cuida a cada racoConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer was joined today by territory chief Rafael González for the launch of Formentera es cuida a cada racó—an effort to promote the beautification of urban spaces starting this November and set to continue through the month of April whose name roughly translates as “Formentera, every corner counts”. The campaign will see the rollout of simplified, faster permit processing and reduced fees to perform rehabilitation work and upgrades in towns. “The aim is to encourage islanders and business owners to play a part in elevating our towns”, said President Ferrer.

Ferrer indicated the Consell would additionally expand repairs and upkeep at public spaces like gardens, parks and municipal buildings. “With Covid-19 and everything that has come along with it this year, upgrades are one way that islanders and our local administration can take part in kickstarting Formentera’s economy”, she said. Besides works projects carried out by Consell employees, other upgrades are expected to be contracted out to hometown companies in an additional boost to the sector.

To turbocharge the effort, the Consell plans to work with the island’s small- and medium-sized business group (Pimef), the Formentera Chamber of Commerce, housing associations, property managers, construction firms and retail spaces on reduced fees and fast-tracked processing of upgrade permit requests for aesthetic improvements to buildings and surrounding spaces.

Tax breaks and expedited permits
Rafael González explained that preferential rates would apply to fees and taxes on maintenance and improvements but not new builds or added square footage. Fees will be waived completely and taxes will be reduced 95 per cent — the maximum markdown allowed by law. Moreover, the conseller said that islanders hoping to execute projects would only need to communicate plans to the Consell by filling out two forms, in person at the OAC or online via the OVAC, and work could begin within 24 hours. Complete details on the “every corner” campaign are available on the OVAC, with the Formentera Department of Urbanism fielding inquiries via email urbanisme@conselldeformentera.cat or in appointments scheduled over the phone.

“The idea is to enrich our towns and scenery, ultimately two of Formentera’s most valuable assets”, said President Ferrer. The premiere asserted those assets would “make us more competitive as a destination, and to get there we intend to leverage the collaboration of every resident and the impulse of the public sector.”

21 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera


Consell de Formentera land office reopens to public

On Monday 8 June the Formentera Department of Territory (Àrea de Territori, Carrer de Pius Tur Mayans, nº14) will once again open for consultations, weekdays from 9.00am to 2.00pm.

Visitors are asked to telephone 971 32 10 87 to schedule an appointment in advance.

Telephone consultations are now available as well, also by appointment.

5 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Meeting with territory section

img 1777-1-Formentera's chief of mobility and territory, Rafael González, met today at local government offices with Maria Magdalena Pons, head of the territory and landscapes section of the Balearic government. At Pons' first official visit to the island, González and Pons spoke about each administration's priorities for the coming legislative term. "We want to coordinate our efforts so that Formentera and Palma share the same goals of territorial preservation", said González, "not to mention improving public services and working towards ever shorter response times".

21 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Misprint won't effect start of registration process for holiday rentals

carrer-de-sant-francesc alfred1The land office of the Formentera Council wishes again to apologise for a soon-to-be corrected misprint and hereby issues the present statement to inform islanders why the episode will not impact registration of vacation property rentals projected to start this April.

The publishing error involved new underpinnings on holiday rentals, initially expected—before the error occurred—to take effect in late summer. Reglament 1/2015, the statute that is presently in effect and which directs the start of the approaching registration process is in force until its replacement takes effect.

Three boxes must be ticked before rollout of the registration can take place: changes, including to tourism zoning and a cap on holiday rental permits, bringing the island's “Land Strategy” (Pla Territorial Insular) into compliance with regional tourism legislation; a new regulatory ordinance to set prices on holiday rental permits; and approval of the so-called “quality holiday rentals plan” (pla de qualitat d'estades turístiques).

The measures will receive final approval at the one-off plenary assembly scheduled this April, setting the stage for commencement of the registration process before the summer season starts, as previously announced by the Council.

April 3, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

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