Building a Property in Malaga: Know the Licenses You Need

When it comes to building a property in the beautiful region of Malaga, it’s crucial to understand the legal requirements and licenses necessary for a smooth construction process. As experienced builders in Marbella, German Build SL are well-versed in the regulations and licensing procedures involved in property construction throughout Malaga and the Costa del Sol. In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide to the licenses you need when building a property in Malaga, and highlight how German Build SL can assist you throughout the entire process. Ensuring that your project adheres to all legal obligations.

Licencia de Obra Nueva (Major Construction License):

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The first essential license you need when embarking on a construction project in Marbella is the Licencia de Obra Nueva, also known as the Major Construction License. This license must be obtained prior to commencing any construction work and remains valid for a designated period. Its duration can vary depending on the nature and scope of the project.

The cost of the license is determined based on the estimated construction expenses provided by your architect. While the initial estimation serves as the basis, any differences between the actual build cost and the estimate may require additional payment. Typically, the license fee amounts to approximately 3-3.5% of the estimated construction expenses, and there may be additional charges for processing the license request. German Build SL can guide you through the application process and help you navigate the requirements, ensuring compliance with regulations.

Licencia de Primera Ocupación (First Occupancy License):

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Once your construction is complete, the next important license is the Licencia de Primera Ocupación or the First Occupancy License. This license ensures that your property meets the necessary standards and requirements for habitation. At German Build SL we work closely with your architect and technical architect to obtain the certificate of successful project completion (certificado de fin de obras). This document outlines the construction procedures and any modifications made.


After receiving the certificate, it must be submitted to the local Town Hall, along with any other required documentation. A building department technician will then conduct an inspection to verify that the completed construction aligns with the approved project. If the inspection is successful, the Town Council will issue a certificate granting you the legal right to reside in the property and establish utility connections. We can assist you in coordinating the submission process and ensure compliance with all necessary procedures.

Other Documentation:

Apart from the major licenses mentioned above, there are various additional documents required throughout the process of building a property in Malaga. These may include:

  • NIE Number or residency certificate
  • Proof of land purchase
  • Notary confirmations
  • Topographical studies
  • Land border assessments
  • Soil test documentations
  • Architect plans

Obtaining these documents can be a lengthy and complicated process. However, at German Build SL we offer expert assistance to acquire the necessary documentation efficiently and reliably, alleviating any potential worries.

Building a property in Malaga is an exciting opportunity, but it requires navigating a complex licensing landscape and adhering to a range of requirements and regulations to ensure a legal and successful construction process. Understanding the licenses and permits required for your project is crucial to avoid delays and ensure compliance. As expert builders in Marbella, we understand the complexity of these procedures and can guide you through the licensing process, ensuring a seamless and compliant construction experience. Trust our team of professionals at German Build SL to handle all your needs, regardless of the project’s size or complexity. Contact us today to discuss your construction requirements and start building your dream property in Malaga.