Guatemala: New Environmental Regulations

In May new rules come into effect for environmental evaluation, control and monitoring of construction projects.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Government Agreement 201-2016 was published on January 12 in the Official Journal and will come into force on May 12th, 2016.

A statement from the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT) outlines the major changes that the new regulation includes:

(1001162). Governmental Agreements 60-2015 (Control, Regulation and Environmental Monitoring) and 61-2015 (exhaustive list) will be repealed and act AG 20-2016 will come into force in four months and in respect to the Limitation List (61-2015) it will be issued and amended by Ministerial Agreement, to enter into force at the same time as the AG 20-2016.

(1001162). The environmental license will be valid for one year and will be issued simultaneously with the final decision. (Art. 66) The costs of environmental permits will change and will have the same coast as for Classes A, B1 and B2 (Q 50.00). Category C does not require an environmental license. (Art. 72).

See full decree (in spanish) Part I and Part II.

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