Which types of accommodations are affected by Lisbon's municipal tax?

I read on http://www.cm-lisboa.pt/uploads/media/flyerTMT_UK_web.pdf (mirror):

Who pays? The tax on overnight stays is applied to guests over the age of thirteen, per person and per overnight stay, up to a maximum of 7 nights per stay.

Where? Per overnight stay in tourist resorts and local accommodation establishments (hotels, hostels, local accommodation, etc.).

What is the value of the tax? 1 €per night up to a maximum of 7 € (7 overnight stays in a row, per person].

Who is exempt? Guests whose stay is motivated by the need for medical services during the period of hospitalization/ treatment+ 1 additional night [and that of accompanying party).

It is unclear to me what types of accommodations the tax affects. E.g., if I stay at a friend's place, sleep in a public place ( beach / park), or in my car, do I have to pay the tax?

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    How would they even know you've slept at a friend's place? :) – JonathanReez Mar 27 '17 at 21:25
  • I think "hotels, hostels, local accommodation, etc" is quite clear, I guess etc is there just not to enumerate camping fields, bed & breakfasts, pousadas etc. I don't see how it would mean friend's place – Kuba Mar 27 '17 at 21:33
  • @Kuba Isn't a friend's place a local accommodation? – Franck Dernoncourt Mar 27 '17 at 21:34
  • @JonathanReez Tough to see indeed unless they are already looking for it (or with a good automated citizen tracking system). But there could be some more borderline cases e.g. sleeping through CouchSurfing.com – Franck Dernoncourt Mar 27 '17 at 21:36

You have to be realistic about these things. Noone is going to keep up a police force over a euro a night. So yes, hotels and such places will pay it for you, even Airbnb will force it but if there's not otherwise a money-collecting, revenue-reporting system in place for the place, you won't.

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