Connecting to utilities

Whether buying a new or resale property we recommend you instruct your lawyer to ensure that all utilities are connected and in place at completion.

However if you decide to do it yourself this is what you need:

You need, as a minimum, the following documents to contract any main utility in Spain:

  • A NIE, foreign identification number
  • A Spanish bank account
  • A certificate of residence (empadronamiento) from your local Town Council
  • You may also need to provide a photocopy of the public title deed to prove you are the legal owner of the property.

Electricity: To connect to the electricity supply, you need an installation certificate, stating the installation meets required standards and a CUPS code (código CUPS), issued by a qualified, registered electrician.

Gas: To connect to the gas supply, you need an individual installation certificate (instalación receptora individual, IRI) issued by a qualified, registered installer and, in the case where the property has gas central heating, a thermal installation certificate.

Water: To connect to the water supply, you need a certificate from a registered installer, stamped by the provincial authorities, and a photocopy of the document that shows you are registered on the municipal property tax/rates or proof of payment of the most recent receipt.

New Homes

If you’re building your own home, even if power and water have been provided for the period of construction, you need a licence of initial occupation (and, if applicable to the autonomous community in which your property is located, a habitability certificate) to legally contract utilities for residential use.

If you’re buying a new home, the developer should ensure all utilities are in place before delivering the property and you should simply need to contract each service with the relevant provider.

Resale Homes

If you’re buying a resale property, most of the utilities you require should already be contracted in the name of the previous owner. As part of their service, your lawyer should ensure these services are contracted under your name at or after completion. In addition, your lawyer or surveyor should check (or you should request they check) the electricity installation has an up-to-date installation certificate (certificado de instalación / boletín eléctrico) and sufficient wattage to provide enough power for your new home.


Properties for sale

New Listing Benahavis, A striking trophy residence with scenic views for sale in the affluent private community of El Madroñal, Benahavis

A striking trophy residence with scenic views for sale in the affluent private community of El Madroñal, Benahavis

Ref. TMXV1721

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 650 m² built
  • 3.800 m² plot

Nestled in the confines of the ultra-exclusive El Madroñal with its unique pine and cork forest, this villa encapsulates the Costa del Sol lifestyle yet delivers tranquil energy boasting breathtaking 180...

4,500,000 €
New Listing Marbella Golden Mile, Modern 2 bedroom apartment in the glamorous seafront development of Marina Puente Romano, Marbella Golden Mile

Modern 2 bedroom apartment in the glamorous seafront development of Marina Puente Romano, Marbella Golden Mile

Ref. TMXA0722

  • 2 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 131 m² built
  • 34 m² terrace

Situated midway between Marbella and Puerto Banus in the ultra-exclusive community of Marina Puente Romano, this spacious and refined apartment permeates a contemporary aesthetic. Infused with an atmosphere...

2,500,000 €
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Benahavis, New avant-garde villa with infinity pool for sale in the cinematic landscape of Monte Mayor Country Club, Benahavis

New avant-garde villa with infinity pool for sale in the cinematic landscape of Monte Mayor Country Club, Benahavis

Ref. TMNV1826

  • 4 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 571 m² built
  • 2.810 m² plot
  • 124 m² terrace

In an exceptional location this bold masterpiece, by award-winning Ronald Janssen Architect the Amsterdam based studio, blends architectural precision with the highest standards of engineering. Designed to...

1,950,000 €
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Off-plan cutting edge luxury villa for sale in the resort-like development of La Finca de Marbella 2, Rio Real, Marbella East

Ref. TMNV0619

  • 4 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 383 m² built
  • 596 m² plot
  • 154 m² terrace

A new project of 35 luxurious contemporary properties, La Finca de Marbella 2 is situated in Rio Real to the east of Marbella. Buyers have the unique opportunity of choosing between two villa designs, Iroko...

1,215,000 €