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The Administration in Spain

The Administration in Spain

4. "Diputaciones" and other parts of government

All the municipalities in each province of Spain elect representatives to the "Diputaciones Provinciales" (county councils), that deal with all matters common to those municipalities, like roads leading from one town to another, installation of a joint sewage plant, etc. There are no direct taxes to the diputaciones (councils), they are financed by the municipalities and by regional and national governments. The seats of the diputaciones are always in the provincial capitals.

In the provincial capitals you also have certain "delegaciones" or "oficinas territoriales" from national or regional government (unless the provincial capital is also the seat of regional government). This can be "Oficina de Extranjeros" under the Ministry of Interior, where you apply for or renew the residence permit (in some municipalities this can also be done at police stations with a foreigners department). Or it can be the "Delegación de Hacienda" (delegation of the Ministry of Finance, dealing with your government taxes. Or "Jefatura de Trafico" where you change the ownership of a car or change your national driver licence for a Spanish one. Or it can be the "Oficina Territorial de Urbanismo" from the regional government, dealing with the urbanistic matters of your province.

Several of the regions have their own 'ombudsman', in addition to the national ombudsman, called "Defensor del Pueblo".

 

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