Foreign Foundation - renewal of the public utility status

Service channels

  • Request online

    Apply for renewal of public utility status

The permanent representations of foreign foundations can request the renewal of the public utility status.

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

Procedure and requirements


  • submission of the request and start of the process by the legal representative of the entity      
  • analysis of the process by the SGPCM     
  • (eventual) 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.

Time of issue/decision




Additional Data

Territorial Scope
National, regional or local. Excludes foundations that carry out their activity exclusively in one of the Autonomous Regions.

Legislation, refusals, contests, claims



Reasons for refusal


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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