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Law no. 53/91 of August 7th (1991) legislates about «Heraldry of the “autarchies” and of collective entities of public administrative utility». The “autarchies” (autarquias, bodies of locally elected local government) are the administrative regions, the municipalities and the communes. I’m not sure, but I think that the «collective entities of public administrative utility» include things like the districts, perhaps the Commissions of Regional Coordination, the Metropolitan Areas of Lisbon and Oporto, and so on. This law omits the autonomous regions (Madeira and Azores); this may be a flaw in the law, or may be linked with the contitutional articles mentioned in the preambulum. Note that in Portugal [civic] heraldry still includes [civic] vexillology to its full extent.
Jorge Candeias, 08 Feb 1999

Arms and flags of cities and towns (proper)

According to art. 3 of law no. 53/91 of August 7th (1991), both the towns and the cities may adopt their own symbols, independently of the symbols of the municipality or commune they are the seat of. As far as I know, none has done it yet.
Jorge Candeias, 08 Feb 1999

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