Last Update: 02/01/2017

Calendar of Non-Working Days

The calendar of non-working days is a document that helps you follow the deadlines established for processing administrative procedures.

It is created by following the official work calendar, establishing the non-working days in its respective scope (national, regional, and local administration).

For the purposes of deadlines expressed in days, working days are understood to be all days except Sundays and those days declared to be public holidays. It is important to keep in mind that after Law 39/2015 becomes effective (beginning 2 October 2016), Saturdays are considered to be non-working days for the purposes of calculating deadlines.

The calendar of non-working days for the General State Administration is published by the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration Services, through the Secretary of State for Public Administration Services, before the beginning of each year.

Information on the calendar

Administrative procedures must be carried out within the time (deadlines and terms) established. This rule applies to both the authorities and staff working for Public Administration Services who have the authority to process administrative matters and to the interested parties in said processes, who must also adhere to the deadlines established for processing administrative procedures. Processes carried out “outside the time limit” affect both the acts -an appeal filed after the deadline is inadmissible- and the people who are responsible for formalising the act - civil servants who take longer than the established time to resolve a certain process will incur liability.

Calculating deadlines for administrative processes is a little complex, as three elements must be taken into consideration:

Additionally, the calendar of non-working days must be taken into account for calculating the deadlines that each Administration sets each year. This calendar must be published for the knowledge of all citizens before the beginning of each year. It will be published in the corresponding official gazette and in other media that guarantee people will be aware of it.

The calendar of non-working days is created by following the official work calendar, establishing the non-working days in its respective scope (national, regional, and local administration) - Art. 30.7 of Law 39/2015 of 1 October, on Common Administrative Procedures in Public Administration Services. The work calendar is published by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 2001/1983.

Therefore, non-working days are generally:

The General State Administration, in accordance with the provisions of art. 30.7 of Law 39/2015 on Common Administrative Procedures in Public Administration Services, publishes the calendar of non-working days for the scope of the General State Administration in the Official State Gazette before the beginning of each year.

Calculating deadlines

Article 30 of the LPAC (Law 39/2015 of 1 October) establishes the system for calculating deadlines for the completion of administrative procedures according to whether the same are expressed in hours, days, months or years:

When the last day of the deadline is a non-working day, the deadline will be understood to fall on the next working day. Furthermore, if a certain day is considered as a working day in the municipality or autonomous region where the interested party resides but as a non-working day by the head office of the administrative body in question, or vice-versa, said day will always be considered as a non-working day.