Buying building plots on Mallorca
Not every available plot is buildable!
If you are looking for a holiday home or a permanent residence on Mallorca, you will find an innumerable offer ranging from secondhand properties to new builds. The choice quickly becomes complicated. Unlike in his home environment, the purchaser is unaware of the local conditions and differences on Mallorca and is often not proficient in the language. When searching for a property without the help of an agent, owners wishing to sell their property will always paint it in its best light and conceal important decision criteria. For this reason, it is always important to seek the advice and support of an experienced real estate agent. However, sometimes the wishes and dreams are so individual and so specific, that the decision is taken to plan and build a dream home. Thus, starts the search for a suitable building plot.
This should also be done with the help of an experienced real estate agent. The agent will firstly explain the main differences between building in urban areas (suelo urbano) and in rural areas (finca rústica). Different requirements lead to very different development options. There are also special legal regulations in the development plans of the individual town halls.
Mallorca building plots for sale:
In villages and on the edge of towns there are mostly urban building plots. Plots usually measure between 1,000 m² to 1,500 m² and only a house for one family (zona unifamiliar) can be built there. Two and multi-family houses may only be built in zones designated as (zona plurifamiliar). There are also regulations regarding the development, size, distance between buildings and height of the building, which vary in each of the municipalities. As a rule of thumb, one can say that the permissible living space in a detached house is between 30% and 35% of the land area, i.e. for a 1,000 m² plot between 300 m² and 350 m².
For rural land, it is always necessary to check which category of rural land is being referred to. For a so-called suelo rústico común, a minimum plot size of 14,000 m² is required for a detached house. However, on occasions a minimum size of 50,000 m² and more is required. In any case, regardless of whether you have found a property with a real estate agent or privately, you must first clarify with an architect or lawyer, in the respective town hall, whether the property is buildable and whether it is suitable for the type of home you wish to construct.
Once you have found a property that meets your wishes and expectations, it is time to choose a suitable (ideally multi-lingual) architect who will clarify the most important questions with you in advance: Is the plot buildable? Is it suitable for building the house you want? Does the property have the necessary supply connections? Are there any regulatory plans that could influence your purchase decision? Minkner & Partner has a large network of architects and lawyers who are equipped to advise overseas clients.
Ask our sales agents who will be happy to give you a recommendation.