Deadlines Established for Granting Building Permits

A draft proposal by the Government of El Salvador, sets specific deadlines for each institution to respond to requests.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

If the institution does not respond by the deadline in the new law, the process will be assumed to be approved and passed to the next stage.

"This is known as ‘positive administrative silence’, which was one of the new features presented in this law. As an example, the Ministry of Environment has a term of 60 days to respond to a request", reported Laprensagrafica.

For other institutions involved in the process deadlines vary between 10 and 25 working days.

Carlos Guerrero, president of the Salvadoran Chamber of Construction Industry (Casalco), considered to be good news, but it should also solve "... long-term issues, such as the mortgage-finance."



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In El Salvador entrepreneurs from the construction sector say the country loses $500 million in new investment projects because of the slow process of obtaining permits.

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The industry claims that the law streamlining procedures is not being implemented in all institutions involved in the permitting process.

The law which aims to reduce the time it takes to gain authorization for medium and long term real estate projects from 880 days to 175 days, is not being applied equally by state entities.

El Salvador: Pressure for Construction Procedures Law

October 2012

An act to streamline procedures intends to reduce the bureaucratic time delay to 120 days, so that construction companies can dynamize the economy with new buildings.

Currently the number formalities required for a construction project is 18.

Elmundo.com.sv reports that "Carlos Guerrero, president of the Salvadoran Chamber of the Construction Industry (Casalco), who also served as environment minister between 2004 and 2009, indicated that this delay makes the country less competitive and will increase costs unnecessarily. "

Attempts Made to Reduce Building Permit Timeframes

September 2012

The goal of the Government of El Salvador is to reduce fom the current 880 days to 120 days the period for obtaining a building permit.

This project is part of a new proposal that the government will present to the Legislature next week and aims to encourage private investment.

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