The powers of the Municipal Council and the Parish Councils

In an attempt to draw closer to citizens, Lisboa Municipal Council has delegated to some Parish Councils, via protocols, competencies for annual general cleaning and repairs in primary schools and nursery schools of the public network.

Annual general cleaning should include washing curtains, floors, walls, doors and windows (that also should be washed externally), lighting frames and all interior spaces within the schools. This service should included cleaning of all the facilities and furniture, together with application of wax on the floors, whenever this is necessary.

Small repairs including repairs of gates, doors, frames (including ironwork and locks), taps, cisterns; blinds, curtain rods, repair of broken windows and pavements, substitution of curtains, monitoring of roof coverings, with cleaning and occasional substitution of broken tiles, and unblocking of gutters and drainpipes and bathroom and toilet facilities.


The legal framework for the transfer of attributions and competencies to local authorities is defined in Law no. 159/99 of 14 September.

The legal framework for transfer of powers to municipalities in the field of education is defined by the Law no. 169/99 of 18 September (as amended by Law no. 3-B/2010, April 28, by Law . 55-A/2010 of 31 December, and by Law no. 64-B/2011, 30 December).


The Decree-Law n. º 144/2008 of 28 July develops the legal framework for the transfer of powers to Municipalities in the field of education (as amended by Law no. 3-B/2010, April 28, by Law no. 55-A/2010 of 31 December, and by Law no. 64-B/2011, 30 December).

Created in 2008, the General Councils replaced the School Assemblies. They are responsible for defining the main guidelines of the school’s or grouping’s activity, approval of the educational project, the internal regulations, activities plans, and also monitor the actions of the school’s other governing bodies and promotion of a stronger relationship with the community.

The General Council is also responsible for choosing the Director/Headmaster, via a public tender procedure.

The General Council is composed of seven representatives from the teaching staff, two non-teaching staff, four parents and guardians, two students, three representatives of the municipality and three representatives of the community (co-opted by the others).


The regime governing the autonomy, administration and management of pre-school state educational establishments and basic and secondary education schools is established by Decree-Law n. º 75/2008 of 22 April.

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