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Special Permits and Licenses for Doing Business in Spain

Special Permits and Licenses for Doing Business in Spain

Updated on Friday 23rd June 2017

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Every foreign investor who wants to open a business in Spain should know that he or she will need certain licenses or permits issued by the local authorities for performing certain types of economic activities. The Spanish authorities that must be contacted for these permits are the municipal and regional bodies where you need to begin your business. Our team of attorneys in Spain can offer in-depth advice on the documents that must be submitted when applying for special permits and licenses.
If you don’t know the legislation in Spain and the local authorities that manage certain fields of activity, you may address your requests to a law firm in Spain. The Spanish attorneys can act on your behalf and obtain the necessary documents from the local authorities through a power of attorney.
Your obligation is to provide the required documents that will be submitted to the Spanish authorities by a local lawyer, no matter what type of permit or license you may need. In this sense, our team of Spanish lawyers can provide legal advice and in-depth assistance for all the steps related to the issuance of a license or a permit
If you want to modify the premises in which you perform your business activities  – demolish certain parts, modernize, build a new structure etc., you will need a construction permit for which you will pay a fee. Other types of licenses are required if you intend to open a travel agency, a repair shop, a tattoo studio and they can vary depending on the specific operations carried out by the Spanish company

When do you need a work permit?

One of the most important permits a foreigner needs in Spain in order to work on the local market is the work permit. If you are an entrepreneur and you will work only for your business, you have to prove that you can support yourself and have a qualification for doing that respective type of business. The application for the work visa can be submitted in your country of residence, at the Spanish embassy or consulate.  
The employees from the EU (European Union) countries don’t need a work permit, but you must register with the National Employment Office in Spain and you are allowed to search for a job in the next 90 days and, after this period, you may ask for an extension. At the same time, the regulation is also applicable for the citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA), but it is important to know that the citizens of Croatia (which became a member state of the EU in 2013) may need a work permit when applying for employment in Spain up until 30 June, 2020. 
Spain offers two main types of work permits
cuenta ajena;
cuenta propria
The first type of document is issued for the applicants who have a work contract with a company in Spain, while the second type of document is available for the persons who are working on a self-employed basis
The work permit is mandatory for the non-EU citizens who want to work in Spain and who also need a visa. The procedure for obtaining a visa in Spain or a work permit may last up to six months.   
If you need more information about the permits and licenses required for a certain business activity in Spain, you may contact our law firm in Spain. Our Spanish attorneys will help you obtain the documents you need without the obligation of presenting yourself in front of the Spanish authorities.


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