There are many Spanish properties all over the country that are for sale and in need of reforming.
Reforming a property can consist of minor cosmetic works, painting and new bathrooms etc. However some properties have been left to ruin, and will need to be completely updated with new electrics, plumbing and even a new Roof.
In the case of almost all building works, you will need to obtain planning permission and a building licence from the town hall.
There are two types of building licences –
· Obra mayor - Building Licence for major works. For example building an extension on the property.
· Obra menor – Building license for minor works.
Before starting any reform work on a property, check with the local town hall as to their specific building rules and regulations. These can vary from town to town so it is imperative to find out what is relevant, to where you have purchased you new Spanish property.
If you are wishing to extend the square meters on your new property for instance, there are different local urban rules as to how much percentage of the plot you are able to build on.
By adhering to the rules and regulations of Spanish building laws, and researching and finding the right builder for the job, you could soon have your dream house renovated and ready to enjoy your new life in the sun.
Updated June 2020