New law regulates coastal development in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

A new Presidential Decree was signed by President Oscar Arias with the intention of regulating real estate development in Guanacaste by limiting the height of buildings constructed in zones that are located near to the beach.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Beach front land will be broken into four zones: public (first 50 meters of beach), restricted (up to 150 meters from the first limit), intermediate (the next 800 meters after the restricted zone), and the internal zone (up to 3km after the intermediate line).
No construction is allowed in the public zone, buildings in the restricted zone will be limited to three stories, the intermediate zone can have buildings up to five stories, and the internal zone will allow buildings no higher than eight floors.
The decree will become law once it is published in the Government daily newspaper La Gaceta. However, it will only apply to projects that receive their building permits six months after publication so as to not punish projects that were planned before the decree was discussed.

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