Owner Responsibilities in Venice

Case vacanze a Venezia


When you list a holiday home on HomeAway you are required to comply with the current legislation applicable for this activity. To avoid any misunderstanding please note that our site does not provide any legal advice on this topic and that the indications summarized below are only a general indication on the main legal provision of the Veneto Region and in particular of the city of Venice. We included also certain links that will allow you to have a better understanding on what are the applicable principles and your possible obligations.



Obligations for operating a holiday home in Venice (authorisations, reporting, etc.)


What is a holiday home?

In the help pages of HomeAway we use the term "holiday home" or "home for holiday" as a generic definition which does not refer to any specific legal meaning.

With holiday home we mean the accommodation facility, the property or the house that, according to the provisions of Veneto Regional Law number 11 of 14 June 2013, could correspond to complementary accommodation facility or to a tourist lease pursuant to articles 27 and 27bus.

In particular complementary accommodation facilities are:

"accommodation facilities open to the public, with single management, located in a building with different spaces and services offered to the tourist than the one of hotel accommodation facilities."


What are my obligations as an owner of a holiday home?

If you would like to host tourists by opening a holiday home, please be aware that you will be required to fulfil certain administrative obligations.

Below you will find a list of the main obligations that you could be required to fulfil, but we invite you to verify all the obligations applicable in your case:

a) Reporting to the Municipality

In order to start operating a holiday home you might need to send, exclusively via online transmission, to the SUAP (Office for business activites), a notice of commencement of the activity (SCIA).

The SCIA needs to include deeds and declarations proving certain functional and structural requirements needed in order to carry out the activity.

If you wish to start operating a holiday home in the Municipality of Venice, you can visit the following page for information on the SCIA and the SUAP of Venice.

b) Name and classification of the accommodation facility

Name and classification (or any change thereof) of an accommodation facilities is carried out through a declaration to be signed in a specific section of the SCIA.

c) Obligations regarding prices of the holiday home

As owner/manager of a holiday home you might be required to display in a visible way for the public, the tag of the prices in compliance with provision of article 34 of the Regional Law number 11 of 14 June 2013 and related regional models.

d) Communication regarding the guests hosted in your holiday home

Certain information on the guests that stay in your holiday home shall be communicated to the Venice police station through the web portal Alloggiati web within 24 hours from their arrival or immediately if their stay will last less than 24 hours.

e) Reporting tourist flows

In addition to the reporting obligations mentioned above, in general owners/managers of holiday homes are required to communicate certain data on the tourist flows related to their accommodation facility, exclusively via online transmission by accessing the internet portal MT Web.

f) Insurance coverage

The management of a holiday home might be subject to insurance requirements covering civil liability risks towards customers that will stay in the accommodation facility: please remember to have a policy active before starting the activity.

g) Tourist tax

Remember that as an owner/manager of an accommodation facility, you might be required to collect and remit the tourist tax to the Municipality of Venice. For more information on the tourist tax, click here.

h) Waste tax

Finally please be aware that one of your obligations as an owner/manager of a holiday home is to fulfil your obligations with respect to the waste tax. For more information regarding the amount of the tax, please click on this link.

Taxes: stay tax in Venice

The tourist tax or the stay tax is a local tax payable by visitors for touristic purposes, rather than business, per overnight stay at various types of accommodations (e.g. hotels, hostels, bed & breakfasts, vacation houses) located in the municipalities and cities that have adopted it.

It was originally introduced in 1910 exclusively for spa resorts, health resorts and beach resorts and was extended in 1938 to other tourist destinations. It was subsequently abolished effective  January 1st, 1989. Then, the stay tax was reintroduced in Rome Capital by Law no. 42/2009 effective from January 1st, 2011. Subsequently, the Legislative Decree no. 23 of March 14th 2011, ruling on the tax federalism, provided that identified cities enrolled in regional lists as cities of art or touristic places, may decide to introduce the stay tax, by mean of specific resolution adopted by the Board of the City.


Why does the Tourist Tax need to be paid?

The amounts collected as tourist tax are aimed at financing actions taken for touristic purposes, including those adopted to preserve and maintain the touristic accommodation, cultural assets and public services.


Who is required to pay the tourist tax?

The stay tax must be paid by visitors for each overnight stay in the City of Venice, except for the following exemptions.



  1. Residents of the Municipality of Venice
  2. Minors under the age of 10;
  3. Subjects who stay in youth hostels and structures owned or managed by the Municipal Administration of Venice;
  4. People who are hospitalized for rehabilitation therapies in the municipal territory
  5. People who assist patients hospitalized (maximum 1/patient) in the municipal area;
  6. Both parents assisting patients;
  7. Bus driver and tourist guide giving support to a group of person for touristic visits. (1 bus-driver/touristic guide for 25 person);
  8. Volunteers who offer their services in the city during events organized by the Municipal, Provincial and Regional Administration or for environmental emergencies;
  9. Members of the police (national and local police) as well as the national fireman force staying for service needs.
  10. Disabled persons, whose condition of disability is evident or certified under the current Italian legislation and similar provisions in the country of origin for foreigners


The exemption referred to points d), e) and f) shall apply to the extent that appropriate medical certification is filed.


The following reductions may be applied and can be cumulative:

  1. 20% reduction for structure located in the islands of Venice lagoon with the exclusion of the historic centre, Giudecca and the islands dedicated to the receptive function. The said reduction is 10% for 5 stars hotels.
  1. 30% reduction for structures located on the mainland;
  1. 30% discount for overnight stays in the months other than the high season. The high season is the period between February 1 and December 31.
  1. 50% reduction for young people between 10 and 16 years old.

How is the tourist tax paid? Who is required to collect the stay tax? And top whom the stay tax is remitted?

The stay tax may be paid in cash or by credit card at the end of the staying period directly to the Manager of the accommodation, who will issue a receipt of payment and he will be responsible to remit the payment to the Municipality.


What is the amount of the tourist tax?

In accordance to the Resolutions issued by the Board of Venice no. 198 of May 26th 2015 and no. 233 of October 16th, 2017, effective January 1st 2018, the rates per-person of the stay tax  (for a maximum of 5 consecutive overnights) are as follows:

The amount of the stay tax may be subject to modification. Please be aware that our website does not guarantee that the amounts indicated are correct and updated. In this regard, we recommend you to visit the page below, where you will find all the information on the stay tax   applicable in the city of Venice


Differentiated waste collection in Venice

An increasing amount of waste is being produced and must be managed in such a way as to protect the environment, reduce disposal costs and recycle valuable materials.

In the light of the above it is important to provide guests with guidelines on how to dispose of waste during their stay in the holiday home.

Keep in mind that there are both national rules and regional rules on waste management that are designed to keep the quantity of non-recyclable waste destined for the landfill or processed by incinerators or waste-to-energy plants to a minimum while recovering all reusable materials through recycling, thereby turning them into a source of wealth rather than pollution.

Please find below the latest rules for the city of Venice that must be followed by every guest in order to properly dispose of waste.

Municipality of Venice  – Waste
Veritas – Differentiated waste