El Salvador: Paperwork is Slower than Construction Work

Obtaining a building permit can require filling out 21 pieces of paperwork in eight different entities, which can take up to 276 business days before a response is received.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A study carried out by the Regulatory Improvement Organization (OMR by its initials in Spanish), which operates under the framework of FOMILENIO II, concluded that on top of the 276 days timeframe in responding to builders, "... we must add the 300 days that companies take to prepare all of the required information. The institutions that take the most time to respond are the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) and the National Administration of Aqueducts and Sewers (ANDA)." 

Although several water access permits were freed up earlier this year after having held up the initiation of 147 construction projects valued at $1.2 billion, the underlying problems that lead to the delays still remain unresolved.

See also: "El Salvador: Construction to Grow 3.5% in 2017"

"... The study found that Environmental procedures take about 83 business days. The goal of the OMR is to cut the process by 85 days.  According to the specialist, the problem exists because the requirements contained in laws and instruments are not clear.  At the ANDA, the response times are 73 business days. In this case work is being done on a regulation with lines for the delivery of feasibility responses and so that the permit does not expire within in a year as it does at present. Another proposal is to create a map which indicates where the areas are that have no drinking water available."

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