Basic commercial regulations

Here you’ll find specific regulations relating to commerce: concerning facilities, opening hours, services, fairs, administrative interventions, etc.

Municipal regulations can be accessed on this website. For other regulations, go to the following websites:

 

Common provisions

 

Government of Catalonia regulations

  • Act 18/2017, of 1 August, on commerce, services and fairs.

National regulations

 

  • Act 7/1996, of 15 January, on retail commerce regulations.
  • Act 17/2009, of 23 November, on free access to service activities and their performance. It incorporates the regulations established in Directive 2006/123/EC, of 12 December, on services in the internal market. 

 

Commercial facilities

 

Government of Catalonia regulations

  • Executive Decree 1/2009, of 22 December, on commercial facility regulations. ENG
  • Decree 378/2006, of 10 October, implementing Act 18/2005, of 27 December, on commercial facilities (this Act was repealed by Executive Decree 1/2009, although the decree remains in force)

Bear in mind the urban-planning legislation, which also regulates aspects relating to commercial facilities. Legislative Decree 1/2010, of 3 August, approving the consolidated text of the Urban Planning Law.

 

 

Shopping hours

Government of Catalonia regulations

  • Act 18/2017, of 1 August, on commerce, services and fairs.
  • Order EMC/127/2017, of 16 June, establishing the Sunday and public holiday opening hours for commercial establishments in 2018 and 2019. 

National regulations

  • Act 1/2004, of 21 December, on business hours.
  • Decree 2807/1972, of 15 September, regulating advertising and price marking, concerning the sale of retail items to the public.

 

Administrative procedures

Government of Catalonia regulations

  • Act 16/2015, of 21 July, simplifying administrative activity by the Government of Catalonia and local government in Catalonia and the promotion of economic activity.
  • Act 3/2010, of 18 February, on fire prevention and safety at commercial establishments, activities, infrastructures and buildings.
  • Act 20/2009, of 4 December on the environmental protection and control of activities. ENG
  • Decree 136/1999, of 18 May, approving the general regulations on the Catalan environmental authority's comprehensive action.

National regulations

  • Act 12/2012, of 26 December, on urgent measures for the liberalisation of commerce and specific services. 

   

Crowded events and establishments

Government of Catalonia regulations

  • Act 11/2009, of 6 July, on the authorities' regulation of public shows and recreational activities.
  • Decree 112/2010, of 31 August, approving the Regulations on Public Shows and Recreational Activities.
  • Ministry of the Interior Order /358/2011, of 19 December, regulating the business hours of establishments open to the public, public shows and recreational activities subject to Act 11/2009.

 

Other regulations of interest:

Government of Catalonia regulations

  • Act 1/1998, of 7 January, on language policy.
  • Act 22/2010, of 20 July, on the Consumer Code of Catalonia.
  • Decree 121/2013, of 26 February, regulating official consumer complaints and claims forms.
  • Resolution of 20 October 1992, exempting furrier shops and jewellers from the obligation for price information set out under Act 23/1991.
  • Decree 73/2002, of 19 February, regulating the display of prices for products offered to consumers and users (Correction of errata in the Official Journal of the Generalitat of Catalonia No. 3628, of 03.05.2002).
  • Legislative Decree 1/2009, of 21 July, approving the consolidated text of the Act on waste.

National regulations

  • Legislative Royal Decree 1/2007, of 16 November, approving the consolidated text of the General Act for the Defence of Consumers and Users and other complementary acts.
  • Royal Decree 231/2008, of 15 February, regulating the Consumer Arbitration System.
  • Royal Decree 2695/1977, of 28 October, on regulations concerning pricing, as amended by Royal Decree 816/1982, of 28 March.
  • Royal Decree 3423/2000, of 15 December, regulating the display of prices for products offered to consumers and users. 
  • Royal Decree 1334/1999, of 31 July, approving the general regulations for labelling, presenting and advertising food products.
  • Royal Decree 1468/1988, of 2 December, approving the regulations for labelling, presenting and advertising industrial products intended for direct sale to consumers and users.
  • Framework Act 15/1999, of 13 December, on personal data protection.
  • Act 31/1995, of 8 November on occupational risk prevention.
  • Act 16/2009, of 13 November, on payment services.
Here you will find the specific commercial regulations

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