El Salvador: Construction Procedures Improved

Its been reported that the time it now takes to obtain a construction permit to develop a large project is 125 days, compared to the 279 days it took previously.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Regulatory Improvement Organization (OMR) reports that in the case of less complex construction projects, the timeframe for completing the process has been reduced from 125 to 50 business days.

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"...`This effort refers to the revision of regulations. The ANDA issued regulations on letters of no effect and regulations on feasibility, and this is also thanks to a push on the part of the private sector in the board of governors of the ANDA, said Jaime Campos, executive director of the OMR, regarding some of the measures implemented in one of the institutions that suffered the most delays in the delivery of permits, according to the diagnoses undertaken."  

The executive director of the Salvadoran Chamber of Construction (CASALCO), José Antonio Velásquez, told Laprensagrafica.com that "... the responses from the ANDA on feasibility studies are being given after around 21 days. Another of the changes is that now feasibility studies can be extended for one year in cases where the builder has not yet obtained the remaining permits required for their construction project. This option did not exist before and the feasibility study had to be processed again. "

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