El Salvador: Building Permits Unblocked

The government has granted permits for access to drinking water which were needed by 147 construction projects valued at $1.2 billion, which are expected to be developed over the next three years.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The drinking water feasibility studies which have been finally delivered make up some of the paperwork which has held up for several months, leading to complaints from entrepreneurs who put pressure on the government to expedite these formalities.

Elmundo.sv reports that "...With these concessions, authorized by the National Association of Aqueducts and Sewers (ANDA), production and supply of water resources is guaranteed for the construction of housing projects, offices, hospitals and various businesses in major cities of San Salvador, Santa Tecla, Antiguo Cuscatlán and Mejicanos."

The president of the Salvadoran Chamber of the Construction Industry, Angel Diaz asked President Sanchez Ceren, for "... 'a consensual solution, with the Agency of Regulatory Improvement (OMR), institutions and entrepreneurs in order to 'expedite delivery of building permits'. He explained that 'unblocking these feasibility studies, is really important because 'it is one of the first steps in obtaining building permits'. According to the executive, 'without this first step it is not possible to continue and we need to move quickly. The risk involved is not going at the speed that is needed'."

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El Salvador: Construction Stagnates

November 2016

Excessive bureaucracy, which is holding up the execution of new construction projects, generating uncertainty among investors, is added to a delicate fiscal situation.

Estimates are that 110 construction projects have been left "stagnant" this year  because of the slow pace of analyzing and awarding building permits, leaving $600 million not being executed, according to the president of the Salvadoran Chamber of Construction (Casalco), Angel Diaz.

El Salvador: Water Feasibility Certificates Slowing Construction

October 2016

The construction union estimated that $500 million worth of projects are on hold because they have not yet received the water feasibility permits they need.

Although months ago the Salvadoran Chamber of the Construction Industry (Casalco) estimated the value of construction projects halted due to lack of various permits at $700 million, union representatives claim that "... a part of that, which is worth $200 million- they have now started to resolve".

El Salvador: Speeding up the Building Permits Process

September 2016

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.

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. 

Upcoming Construction in El Salvador

July 2016

Office buildings, shopping malls and apartments make up the list of projects that the construction union envisages undertaking in the second half of the year.

Although there are still delays in granting permits and other arrangements which have to be undertaken before launching construction projects, the union for this sector foresees a second half with better results. This year there are plans to implement projects worth between $500 million and $750 million in private works.

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