MIJAS Town Hall has announced that some people are continuing to build on non-urban land.
The town hall has put a mechanism in place with the approval of the Junta de Andalucia to help homeowners whose properties were built illegally to make them legal.
However, they report that some owners of rural land appear to have taken this as a possibility to build wherever they want, and since the conservative Partido Popular took over the council led by Angel Nozal in June, around 50 reports have been issued to stop work where it is being carried out without licenses.
This, they say, is happening both in rural and town areas, and includes anything from small refurbishment projects to building a house. The town hall is making an effort to make sure licenses are granted quicker when the project is legal, but they say they will not allow for people to go ahead with building projects before they have the license or without even requesting one.
The town hall Urban Planning Department, Guardia Civil Nature Protection Service, Local Police, Forest Guards and Andalucian Water Agency will all be keeping their eyes open for illegal building and there will be fines for anyone found to be breaking the law.