Guatemala: Increase in Paperwork for Construction Projects

Now, in addition, an inquiry must be made at the National Committee of Protected Areas to determine if a construction project is within a protected sector.

Monday, April 11, 2016

The headache of getting a construction license in Guatemala will get worse now that a new process has been added to the list. In addition to the 13 agencies that must "rule " whether or not a permission can be granted, Government Agreement 20-2016 by the Ministry of Environment, establishes in Article 13 a new requirement for the construction sector: a consultation with the National Committee on Protected areas (CONAP), said Jorge Benavides, research associate of the Foundation for the Development of Guatemala to

See also: "Guatemala: Construction and Bureaucracy"

"... The process for getting a license granted now takes over 158 days .'The inquiry is to ask the CONAP whether the construction area lies within a protected sector or corresponds to an area in the National Forest Program," said Benavides."

See also: "Guatemala: Bureaucracy and Environmental Permits"

"... In the view of the president of the Chamber of Construction of Guatemala, Jose Gonzalez Campo, the extension of the timeframes for getting a license affects the inflow of resources to the State.'We want to and will comply with all regulations, but they have to give us the facilities to carry them out in an efficient way and then investment and resources for the state will come , " added Gonzalez."

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