IT has been almost two years since Marbella Town Hall issued new licences to dozens of chiringuitos in the city. Their idea was to provide owners with certain legal securities that weren’t given to them when they were first granted the permission to operate many years ago.
The licenses follow new coastal laws which, among other things, establish a minimum distance of 200 metres between chiringuitos. This means that to adhere to the new laws, many of the establishments have to be demolished and rebuilt in different locations.
Although many of the beach-side restaurants have had planning permission for new premises since the start of year, action hasn’t been taken until now due to the volume of business during the summer months.