El Salvador: Speeding up the Building Permits Process

The construction union estimates that if approval is given to the reform bill to streamline and simplify procedures, it will take 30 days to obtain a permit.

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Salvadoran Chamber of the Construction Industry (Casalco) proposes amending the Special Law for Streamlining Procedures for Construction Project Development and improving the current timeframes for obtaining building permits and environmental certificates. 

Angel Diaz, president of the Casalco, told Elmundo.sv that  "... One of the key changes is to 'empower' the Integration Office for Processes for Construction (OIC) to monitor the response times. They have also proposed that steps be processed simultaneously in order to streamline and shorten the process. "

"... The reforms proposed by the sector also include the creation of an application for review, the final decision would be issued by the Coordinating Committee of the law.   If approved, the House estimates that the preparatory work for obtaining a construction permit would take 30 days, and an environmental permit would be obtained in another 60, while other authorizations would take 30 days. The building permit could be obtained in 30 days and at the same time as receptions and ratings."

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A proposal by the Salvadoran Chamber of the Construction Industry aims to lower from two years to six months the time taken to obtain the necessary construction permits.

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