Building Permits in Costa Rica

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.

Friday, April 25, 2014

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.

From a statement issued by the Association of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica (CFIA):

According to inspection reports by the Association of Engineers and Architects, nearly one in 4 works inspected during the second half of 2013 had no municipal construction permit.

The reports are based on inspection and verification of documents for works and in 1727 municipalities with building works in progress across the country. The inspections were carried out by professionals from the Disciplinary department and Regional Headquarters of the CFIA.

This percentage is slightly higher than the findings of 2009, where a grand total of 22% of buildings sites without permits were discovered.



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August 2018

In only 30 of the 81 municipalities that grant construction permits in Costa Rica, all of the necessary procedures to obtain a permit can be performed through the official web platform.

The Federated Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) stated that in the analysis carried out during the first semester of the year, which included all of the municipalities in the country, what stands out is that of all the communes, construction permits are digital and physical in 40, 100% digital in 30 and in 11 there are only physical.

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March 2012

In the past two years, land prices in the radius around the canton of Alajuela have multiplied by six.

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Costa Rica: Slight Improvement In Construction Industry

October 2009

September has been the best month of 2009, with permits requested for 556.000 square meters of construction.

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