If you’re thinking of building on a plot in Spain, good for you. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to build your own property on the Costa del Sol; something tailored exactly to your personal preferences. It’s a pretty big undertaking, of course, but it can also be very exciting to watch it develop into your own personal dream.
Before you go ahead with your new home, there are some things you will need to know. Spain has rules and regulations that you’ll need to adhere to if you’re to realise this dream. We have some information for you so that you’ll be well informed and well prepared when buying a plot in Spain; we also have some great plots that might be of interest to you.
First things first, though. Here’s what you need to know:
There are two kinds of planning zones
Your plot with either fall into the Rustic Plots category, known as suelo rustico, or the Urban Plots category, known as suelo urbano.
You’ll need to make sure you know the sub-category of your plot:
Suelo no urbanizable protegido: This is protected land that you’re not permitted to build residential property on.
Suelo no urbanizable común: Of the two in this category, this is the one you’ll need. It’s unprotected land that you’re allowed to build private homes on. Your plot must be at least 10,000m2; your home must be no more than 2% of the plot size, with no more than 2 floors; it must also be no more than 7 metres in height.
Note that there may be aesthetic restrictions dependent on the area. Your building may be required to fit into the regional style, so check this out before you buy.
These plots are in urban areas and are already prepared for your arrival. That means they’re serviced – you’ll have water, electric, and access roads. However, there are still rules and those depend on the local authorities. Generally you’ll be allowed up to 1,500 square metres, and you’ll be able to build on around 20% of it.
Before you buy a plot, it’s crucial that you request the certificado urbanistico document which contains the full details you’ll need. It will tell you exactly what you’re allowed to do.
You must get a building permit
Before any construction begins, you must obtain a building permit (licencia) from the Town Hall for whatever you plan to use the plot for. The same goes for any modifications to currently standing structures.
You will either need a permit for minor works (licencia de obra menor), which covers walls, terraces, and barbecues. Otherwise you’ll need a permit for major works, covering new buildings, alterations, and demolitions.
To apply for the latter you first need a registered architect who can create a technical dossier. You also need to hire a technical architect and a builder. Within two months you should have received the license.
Where will your plot be?
Now that you have the basic details, you may be ready to choose a plot. The next decision you’ll need to make is where your plot should be situated. The Costa del Sol has many amazing locations, but the plots aren’t as easy to come by as ready-made residential properties.
At Paradise Marbella we have several fabulous plots available right now. If we don’t have one you love in an area that suits you, we probably know someone else who does. So either way, you can count on us.
How does Elviria sound to you? It’s a popular location and the plot is very good value at 450,000 euros. There are a couple of cheaper ones available in Benahavis and Estepona, if your budget is less. For those the price ranges between 200,000 and 300,000 euros.
If sea views are your thing, you might want to consider a plot like this one, which is situated in one of the most sought-after areas of Benahavis. Golf lovers will be over the moon to become the owner of this Marbella Country Club Golf Resort plot, with its unbelievable mountain and sea views.
Ready to go?
Once you have chosen your plot, there will be a lot to set in motion, as mentioned above. But don’t worry… Paradise Marbella will be here to help you every step of the way; we can help you to organise reputable architects, builders and other contractors.
We have a personally recommended list that we’ll be happy to share with you, and we can even advise on refurbishment and renovations. It’s the business we know and love, after all! Find out more about our services and let us know how we can help.