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Change of use of a property

What is the change of use of a property?

The change of use of a property is a process by which the nature of the property is modified, transitioning from one specific use (commercial, residential, industrial, etc.) to another, through administrative transformations and adjustments. This process involves a series of actions including the submission of viability projects, inspections, permit procedures, among others.

The main objective of the change of use of a property is to modify the registry and cadastral information to allow a different activity than the original one on the estate. A clear example of a change of use is the procedure that a commercial premises or office must follow to become a residential property.


The change of use of a property requires obtaining a license granted by the corresponding City Council. This process involves meeting certain requirements and submitting documentation that supports the feasibility of the change. It is important to note that each municipality may have its own regulations and specific requirements for obtaining this license.

Once the license is obtained, the change of use is reflected in the Property Registry, where the information about the nature of the property is updated.

Compliance with requirements

It is essential to consider that the new residential property resulting from the change of use must comply with the same requirements and conditions of habitability as a common residential property. This includes aspects such as structural safety, accessibility, installation of basic services, among others.

In summary, the change of use of a property is a process that allows adapting the function of a space to the needs and demands of the environment. However, it is crucial to comply with the procedures and requirements established by the corresponding authorities to ensure the legality and feasibility of the modification.

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