This page is only designed to give you an overview of the local requirements, but it is your duty to know and comply with the local laws. misterb&b is not a legal adviser : you should read carefully the relevant laws and contact a local adviser or the local authorities for further understanding.
The Sicily Region has adopted legge Regionale n. 27 of April 6, 1996 in order to regulate tourist accommodations. We highly encourage our Hosts to refer to this regulation to understand the Tourism regulations in Sicily.
The article 3 of this law lists and defines the different categories of strutture ricettive : you should refer to this article to check which category your rental may fit in.
The definition of case e appartamenti per le vacanze can be particularly relevant for short-term rentals : “sono case ed appartamenti per le vacanze gli immobili arredati gestiti in forma imprenditoriale per l'affitto ai turisti, senza offerta di servizi centralizzati, nel corso di una o più stagioni, con contratti aventi validità non superiore ai tre mesi consecutivi”.
Segnalazione Certificata di Inizio Attività (SCIA)
Starting a tourist accommodation requires to fill out SCIA and send it to the municipality. The procedure can be completed online on the SUAP portal (Sportello Unico per le Attività Produttive). You can find contact and links to the SUAP here. For more informations about the SCIA procedure, see this page on the Catania administration website or this page on the Catania Tourism website.
Price communication (Comunicazione Prezzi)
The owners of tourist accommodations must report the price of their accommodations and of the services provided, to the authorities (by hand, mail or email). You can find the reporting forms to fill out here. For more informations about this requirement and the reporting procedure, see this notice on the Catania Province website.
Minimum requirements and standards
Regional decree of December 15, 2014 on “requisiti per la classifica in stelle delle aziende turistico-ricettive” sets a certain number of requirements and standards for each type of strutture turistico-ricettive. In case e appartamenti per vacanze, for instance, article 8 of the decree requires to change bathroom, bedrooms and kitchen linens once a week and for every new Guests. A certain number of furnitures must be provided in the accommodations, and minimum occupancy standards must be respected. For more information about this decree, visit this page on the official website of the Sicily Region.
We encourage our Hosts to refer to this regulation, in order to know with which standards and minimum requirements their accommodations should meet. For more information about the classification of tourist accommodation, visit this page on the Catania Tourism information.
Moreover, the accommodations must respect the national, regional and local laws, especially building regulations and fire safety. Contact the Catania authorities to learn more about the compliance of your accommodation to regulations.
Registration of Guests to the Police (registrazione degli ospiti)
Under the article 109 of TULPS (Testo unico delle leggi di pubblica sicurezza), the operators of tourist accommodations (including short-term rentals) have the duty to transmit to the authorities datas about the public hosted. It must be done within 24 hours after the arrival of the Guests : the process can be completed online through the official portal of the State Police.
Stay Tax (tassa di soggiorno)
The City of Catania has adopted in 2011 a tax on overstays in tourist accommodations.
For case e appartamenti per vacanze, the tax rate is 0,50€ : calculated by person (over 18 yo) and by night, in the limit of 3 consecutive nights. You can check the rates (depending on the typology and classification of the accommodation) and the modalities on the deliberation n. 26 of August 30, 2011.
The tax is paid by Guests, collected and remitted by Hosts quarterly by year : see the remittance form here. You can find more informations about tassa di soggiorno on this page on the Catania official website.
For more informations about tourist accommodations in the City of Catania, you can visit this useful portal on the Catania Tourism website. You can also call the Accommodation Service of the Tourism Department at 095 4014040 or contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.