Facilities have been enabled to approve cadastral plans digitally without requiring the physical presence of surveyors and property owners at the offices of the National Registry.
The new initiative known as Approval of Topographic Plans (ATP) has made the process of approving cadastral plans in Costa Rica digital, as from now on the physical presence of surveyors and property owners on the premises of association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) or the Land Registry will no longer be required reported that union.
The amount of square metres of construction in applications for permits up to June 2015 decreased by 7% compared to the same period in 2014, with office buildings and industry leading the decline, with negative rates of 22% and 10%, respectively.
Data from the Costa Rican Chamber of Construction shows the decline in the number of square meters of construction being processed with the Association of Engineers and Architects.
From May 27th to May 30th companies in the construction and architecture sector in Costa Rica will be holding a congress in which issues related to public works management will be discussed.
The twelfth edition of the congress entitled Public Infrastructure Architecture 2015 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, is being organized by the College of Architects of Costa Rica and will be held in the CFIA auditorium, in the daytime from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm During the week of the conference week several events will be held which will allow for contact with representatives of the sectors involved
Without having read the contract with the construction company and ignoring final costs, the Legislature has approved the loan with the Chinese government to finance the extension of the road to Limón.
The loan with the government of China for $485 million is tied to a commercial contract with the Chinese state-run construction company CHEC, highly questioned not only technically but at the legal level, since it is one of the companies "... included in the list of companies ineligible for dealing with the World Bank until 2017 because of fraudulent practices in the Philippines ".
The government has decided to monitor and regulate the profit margin accrued by construction companies and real estate developers.
While the Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) argues that "... the profit margin of construction companies in the country ranges between 5% and 40%" ... ", employers in the construction sector and developers assert that they are betting on margins of between 5% and 15%.
A group of engineers and experts from the construction sector have initiated studies to determine the feasibility of building a Metro in the capital.
The commission will examine the project which is being run by the Association of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica (CFIA), whose director, Olman Vargas, noted that "... the concept is initially evaluating the construction of a subway carrying passengers from west to east (Pavas-Curridabat) and north-south (Guadalupe-Desamparados). "
The web platform the College of Engineers and Architects wil present to the government will allow for all the procedures that are currently carried out in 14 different public institutions to be done in one place.
Olman Vargas, executive director of the Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) told Ameliarueda.com that "... if the government accepts the proposal, the site will be ready in a period of 6 months. "Some of the procedures that must be carried out in the period prior to construction of a project are the presentation of land plans, land use, water availability, environmental impact and road permits, all at different institutions.
The area of land in process for construction permits for new properties in the first quarter of this year decreased by 5% compared to the amount in the same period in 2013.
Of the total square meters processed with the Association of Engineers and Architects, the category showing the greatest reduction was trade buildings, which fell by 35% compared to the first quarter of 2013.
In the area with the greatest amount of tourism development in the country, more than half of the construction sites do not have permits from the Municipality of the area.
A statement issued by the union of construction professionals in Costa Rica indicates the effects being felt without referring to one of the main causes of this problem: due to ludicrously fragmented territorial and administrative divisions the mayors who need to be able to understand and issue building permits for developments, often worth hundreds of millions of dollars, do not have the staff, especially in terms of professionals, simply because they do not have the budget to pay for them.
In 2013 the number of building permits requested for hotel establishments across the country dropped by 62% compared to 2012.
The number of square meters authorized in the last 12 months between February 2013 and January 2014 fell to 47,515 m2 compared with the 126,036 m2 in the previous period, according to the Costa Rican Chamber of Construction.
Complaints have been made that the bill awarding construction of the Caribbean route to a Chinese company was approved without preliminary drawings, calculation of materials and study of costs.
Grupo Consenso believes that it is "unacceptable" that the Committee on Financial Affairs agreed to accept as reasonable the cost presented by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), in the amount of $465 million.
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