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Castilla-La Mancha (Autonomous Community, Spain): Municipalities

Last modified: 2019-08-30 by ivan sache
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Procedure of adoption of municipal symbols

The Vice-Ministry of Local Administration and Administrative Coordination (Viceconsejería de Administración Local y Coordinación Administrativa) of Castilla-La Mancha is in charge of the approval and registration of municipal flag and arms.
The procedure, compliant with Article 22.2 b) of Law No. 7 "Regulating the Base of Local Regime", issued on 2 April 1985, and Article 187 of the "Regulation of Organization, Functioning and Legal Regime of Local Entities", approved by Decree No. 2,568, issued on 28 November 1986, requires the following steps:

- Submission by the Mayor;
- Heraldic technical report;
- Certified Agreement by the Municipal Council, appended with a supporting memory and a sketch of the proposed flag / coat of arms;
- Order of public exhibition for 20 days and Announcement in the Provincial official gazette;
- Certified outcome of the public exhibition;
- Agreement by the Municipal Council resolving the tabled allegations and appeals, and definitively approving the flag / coat of arms (this step can be skipped if there is no appeal);
- Submission of the file to the Vice-Ministry of Local Administration and Administrative Coordination (including a copy of all the documents relevant to the previous steps and a color drawing of the emblem);
- Submission of the file by the Vice-Ministry of Local Administration and Administrative Coordination to the Royal Academy of History for recommendation;
- Recommendation by the Royal Academy of History;
- Approval of the emblem by Order of the Ministry of Public Administration;
- Publication in the official gazette of Castilla-La Mancha.
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A list of the officially registered symbols, as of March 2018, is available:
- Province of Albacete;
- Province of Ciudad Real;
- Province of Cuenca;
- Province of Guadalajara;
- Province of Toledo.
Several flags are actually used without any official registration, mostly flags "in immemorial use" in big towns. Among the provincial capitals, only Albacete had its symbols officially registered (1992).

Ivan Sache, 2 May 2019