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How and where to obtain a fire licence?

How to obtain a fire licence.

In Spain, due to the hot and dry climate, it is obligatory to obtain a fire licence from your local town hall. You´ll need this to burn anything, from grass, weeds, and trees.To obtain this licence, you must fill in a couple of forms at your local town hall. It is quite a simple procedure to do.Here are a few questions and answers that might help.


What documents do you need?

You will need to fill out a form with your details, address and where and what you want to burn.

The form is quite simple. You can ask for it at your local townhall.


Who can get a fire licence?

Local entities with forest lands in their territory and especially those that are in high-risk area.


When can you get a fire licence?

At any time during the year.There might be certain places that have certain times of the year to burn, so check it out beforehand.

Where to go to get a fire licence?

In the registers of the administrative bodies to which they are addressed or before any administrative body belonging to the General Administration of the state.Most people go to their local town hall.Also in any post office. In this case it must be presented in an open envelope so that the stamp and date can be stamped on the application form and on the copy.

How is it handled?


- Local authorities may draw up, with the participation of local agrarian councils local burning plans that reflect the peculiarities of the area in terms of types of cultivation, meteorology, etc.

- It must be approved by the town hall and sent to the territorial Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development corresponding.

- Once informed and approved by the directorate, the local plans of fire, replace the matters listed in the same to the rules of general application as reflected in the Decree 98/1995 of 16 may, the Valencian Government, by which approves the regulation of the Law 3/1993, of 9 December, the Generalitat Valenciana, Forest of the Comunitat Valenciana (DOGV no. 2520, of 1/6/1995).

- Thus the local burning plan is erected as a fundamental regulatory regulation in the management of the cultural use of fire that can contemplate and incorporate the peculiarities of each territory and the knowledge of farmers, ranchers, hunters, etc. That inhabit it.


The schedule for the burning of crop margins or agricultural or forest remains, as well as the burning of reeds, reeds or thickets linked to some type of livestock exploitation, are limited to the hourly period between sunrise and 13.30 hours.


Since May 2017 has extended the period in which may not be authorized, in the forest land and in the surrounding neighbourhood or a proximity of less than 500 metres from those, the burning of margins of cultivation or of the remains of agricultural or forestry work, as well as the burning of cañares, reeds or thickets, which happens to be from June 1 to June 30, inclusive, and from 1 October to 16 October, both inclusive, and hereinafter, until a new resolution that has another period.

So if you are planning on burning some weeds or a just fancy having a bonfire, make sure you follow all the right steps to getting a fire licence to make sure everything is safe and legal, because you don’t want to be caught not having one!

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