Carrying out any type of building work or reform inside or outside your property requires a lot of planning and preparation. Unbeknown to many, some of these tasks cannot be carried out without permission from your local town hall, licences to be granted and even paying municipal taxes.

Below is a list of various jobs and tasks that you may want to undertake inside or outside your home in order to improve it, with the necessary administrative and municipal requisites that must be adhered to at the same time.

Finishes and inside installations

Changing your plumbing system, the electrics, flooring and similar jobs are common and don’t require permission from the town hall, nor do you have to pay any taxes. Nevertheless, if you place a skip outside your property for the rubbish, a tax will have to be paid for occupying a public road. The amount will depend on where the road is located and how far it is from the town centre or commercial areas.

Changing the dimensions of your house

Any type of reform that involves changing the layout and dimensions of your home will require previous permission from the town hall. This could include anything from pulling down partition walls to create one larger space to building an extra room by using part of your terrace.

To obtain this permission it is necessary to fill out the relevant forms and write a description of the reform that you want to carry out. This must include a design of the work and its budget.

You will be required to pay 2 taxes for certain, plus another possible 2.

  • Payment for administrative costs of planning services. In Madrid this is around 285 euro if the area is less than 500 sq m.
  • Construction, installation and works tax (ICIO), which is approx. 4% of the budget price.
  • Tax for placing a skip outside your home for the rubbish (if needed).
  • Tax if using scaffolding.

Modifying the structure of the house

Changing the original design and structure of your house is a big task – and requires municipal permission. In addition, you will need the supervision of an architect or engineer, which you have to pay for, of course. He will present and sign the project to say that it is viable. Taxes must also be paid:

  • Planning services. Could be more than 500 euro.
  • Construction, installation and works tax (ICIO), which is approx. 4% of the budget price.
  • Tax for placing a skip outside your home for the rubbish (if needed).
  • Tax if using scaffolding.

Reforms that modify community elements

This could include any type of work or reform that will change the outside of your property, making it visible to other residents on the community. Examples include enclosing your terrace or balcony and involves changing the look and structure of the outside area. Permission will have to be applied for in advance, and, as well as all the previous documentation, you will also be asked to supply photographs and a plan of the area. It is not necessary to contract the services of an architect, but you will need permission from the other residents. Taxes are as follows:

  • Planning services – there is a minimum charge of around 125 euro.
  • Construction, installation and works tax (ICIO), which is approx. 4% of the budget price.
  • Tax for placing a skip outside your home for the rubbish (if needed).
  • Tax if using scaffolding.

Source: www.onthepulse.es