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Should I get permission and a licence to cut my garden hedge trees?

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Should I get permission and a licence to cut my garden hedge trees?
No, but you will need to register at the town hall to be able to use the garbage dump and if you want to burn ( a the correct times of the year ) you will need a license. €3 on average.

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Nakabandi just to add to the above, you must also wear appropriate protective clothing including head gear, I would suggest Stihl 0000 884 0180 Integra Light Helmet Set. Failure to do any of the aforementioned could result in a custodial sentence or worse. :
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Each town hall operates with different rules regarding when a ‘small works licence’ is required

A friend of mine employed someone to re-tile his kitchen. He knew nothing about requiring a licence but later said he would have assumed the builder would have taken care of that. The police saw the work bring done, demanded the licence, and as there none the owner of the apartment, not the builder, was fined 300 euros

I have enquires whether a licence was needed when I subsequently did work on three properties, they were in separate municipalities. Two town halls required a licence but another, when I did similar work, did not.

My conclusion is that one needs to ask their town-hall if you want to avoid problems
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No, but you will need to register at the town hall to be able to use the garbage dump and if you want to burn ( a the correct times of the year ) you will need a license. €3 on average.
I am registered on the pardon so I assume they know I exist. I use a motor bike crash helmet with goggles when I trim my hedge trees. My metal garden gate is getting a bit rusty, will I need a special licence to use hammerite, and how much does a licence cost and last?
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Not sure whether your a British Expat or hail from the UK but the same is true in your home country ( if your British ? )
in the form of it requiring Planning permission and abiding by any local authority byelaws that are applicable,
regarding alterations to your property and your land.
So you shouldn't be surprised if you encounter the same sort of thing in Spain.
I'm from Northern Europe. And I understand why you think I shouldn't be surprised. I've often reflected over how many people who move to Spain suddenly assume that anything they could possibly think of to do with their properties should be fully legal, and not even require licenses. But frankly, pruning trees? Jeez... In many other countries the trend is to move in the opposite direction, and remove the need for licenses and regulations for minor or moderate work/projects such as building garden sheds, for example. Why not just raise the property taxes slightly instead of having these ridiculous licenses for trivialities? Or simply remove some of the licenses completely?

I know at least one (reasonably) civilized Western European country in which neither terrace tiling, AC installation nor tree pruning would have required licenses. Might be something for the European Union to harmonize some day? Just joking.

But...ah well...no sense in getting upset here...this is Spain...just go with the flow and accept that you'll have to add weeks or months to any project plan just for obtaining licenses

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But...ah well...no sense in getting upset here...this is Spain...just go with the flow and accept that you'll have to add weeks or months to any project plan just for obtaining licenses
It doesn't necessarily take very long. In 2017 I applied for a licence when we were having our kitchen and bathrooms reformed, and the licence took only 2 weeks to be issued - and that was in August, when I was expecting delays because of staff being on holiday.

Don't forget that in addition to the fee for the licence, several months after the work is completed you will also get a bill for the tax due on the works carried out. Here it's 4% of the total value, other areas will be different.
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No, but you will need to register at the town hall to be able to use the garbage dump and if you want to burn ( a the correct times of the year ) you will need a license. €3 on average.
All areas are different so making this type of statement is fraught with issues.

Here, we don't need to register to use the Eco Parc, it all goes on our NIE.

Also, we don't need a licence to have a bonfire.
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Hmm...interesting this. Have to admit I'm not fully aware of all the licenses that may come into play when living in Spain. We used a rather well-reputed lawyer and also took help from the bank when buying the house, and we've signed up for some kind of service the lawyer offers regarding tax payments etc, but all these licenses, well I'm beginning to suspect there are licenses I never even dreamed of.

Is there any list someone would like to share? I've heard of (and in some cases more or less fully understand) Afo/Safo/Lifo/Dafo/whatever-o, LPO/LFO, rental licenses, Licencia de Obra Menor/Mayor, Certificate of No Infraction, and now I've recently been updated on tree pruning licenses too. I've also heard about inspection of gas installations every 5 years. But I'm beginning to wonder if there are others I'm not aware of. Are these just the top of the iceberg?

Spain's great, they just run things a little differently than some other European countries. From that perspective, and as far as I understand, Spain is a little like Italy, Greece, and so on.
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It really must be stressed that EVERY AYUNTAMIENTO HAS DIFFERENT REGULATIONS - even within the same province. So rather than take advice from people who live somewhere completely different, ask a local councillor or town hall employee.

In my town the custom is not get a permiso for minor works, because it can take up to two years, and just pay the fine if you get found out.

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