Foreign Foundation - Request for allocation of Public Utility Status

Service channels

  • Request online

    Request the attribution of the public utility status of permanent representation in Portugal

A foreign foundation may request the attribution of the public utility status of permanent representation in Portugal.

This service is only available through the reserved area of the ePortugal portal.

Note: The Portuguese associations, cooperatives and foundations and the permanent representations of foreign associations and cooperatives must make the requests in the corresponding services.

Procedure and requirements


  • submission of the request in ePortugal and start of the process by the person
  • analysis of the process by the SGPCM     
  • (possible) preliminary rejection
  • (eventual) request for additional opinions from competent entities in the area of activity of the requesting entity
  • (eventual) request for improvement of the request
  • proposal for a decision
  • decision by the competent Government member
  • publication of the decision in the Official Gazette, when favourable.

Time of issue/decision


Additional Data

Territorial Scope
Permanent representations with national, regional or local scope. Note: Excludes foundations that carry out their activity exclusively in one of the Autonomous Regions.

Legislation, refusals, contests, claims



Means of opposition/Complaint to the Ombudsman


Competent Entity

Secretaria-Geral da Presidência de Conselho de Ministros

Address: Rua Professor Gomes Teixeira, n.º 2 1399-022 LISBOA

Phone number: 213 927 600

Email address:

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