- February 17, 2018 at 5:27 pm #222165
We are interested in buying a villa in Marbella that needs a lot of internal refurbishment including opening up the living space and knocking down some internal load bearing walls. Normally a minor building permit is enough for internal reforms but we are taking out the load bearing walls and completely renovating it inside so it looks like it would be a major building permit will be required which takes a lot longer to get. However, our Spanish architect says we can do the work with a minor one and slip under the radar of the local council and nobody will know as we are not extending the size of the property and only doing internal reforms. He says the risk of having an issue and getting caught out is low but if we did get caught out it would be a fine. We really don’t want to wait a long time for a major permit and am willing to take a risk with using the minor permit. Does anybody have experience with this type of thing in Marbella? Any suggestions?
- February 19, 2018 at 6:17 pm #222170
below the radar
- February 23, 2018 at 4:54 pm #222269
The risk of an inspection is high. Clients of mine are just finishing a major internal renovation in Marbella. Fortunately they did have an obra mayor licence, which their architect and I recommended, because during the renovation they had two inspections and all paperwork was demanded. All renovations done by clients of mine in recent years, either genuine obra menor or obra mayor, have been inspected during the work. I think it is poor advice by the architect although common in the past. But since the Marbella town hall corruption scandals they keep a much closer eye on what is going on. Someone will tip them off. Not only will you be fined but the work can be stopped as well until you have the right licence. Not worth the risk.
- February 23, 2018 at 10:23 pm #222271
Hi and thanks for the comment. Could you tell me how long it took your client to get the obra mayor licence? When did they apply for it and when was it received. Thank you.
- February 24, 2018 at 2:03 pm #222275
I don’t remember it taking too long, they bought the house in December 2016 and work started in May 2017.
- February 25, 2018 at 2:51 pm #222278
Thank you again. Would you be able to share the name of the architect for this project with me?
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