Obtaining a Business Licence in Spain

The following documentation is required by the Town Hall when applying for a business licence.

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If you wish to practice medicine or architecture, you must possess qualifications and certificates from an EU institution. If your qualifications are from outside the EU it is necessary to undergo a lengthy validation process.

IAE or Impuesto sobre Actividades Economicas
An IAE is essentially a business licence, which was formerly known as a “licencia fiscal” and now called the “tax on economic activities”. This was formerly a municipal tax but it is now administered by the central tax office. No tax will be payable on a turn-over under 600.000€, but registration is obligatory in order to obtain the correct code for your specific activity.

  • Four photos
  • Title deed and lease contract for your business premises (plus a photocopy).
  • Business incorporation charter
  • Completed request form.
  • Any other permits related to your specific profession. For example a cook will need a food handler’s certificate.

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