Guide for Road Building

In Costa Rica, the official guide on highway, road and bridge construction is now in effect.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

According to an article in, "The decree published formalizing the guide provides for the establishment of a Permanent Review Committee (PRC), which will be composed of representatives from MOPT, the National Highway Council (Conavi ) LANAMME, Association of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica (CFIA), Roads and Highways Association of Costa Rica and Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (ITCR)."

The Highway, Roads and Bridges Specifications Guide was developed by the National Laboratory of Materials and Structural Models (LANAMME), and is now the official standard for works done by the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation.

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Seismic Building Code for Guatemala

February 2016

The proposal made by public sector employers will update the structural safety standards for bridges, dams and minor works, and includes guidelines for reinforcing existing works.

Twelve public and private entities are preparing a code to mandate the construction of earthquake-resistant buildings, for its submission to Congress this year.

Guatemala Lacks a Building Code

November 2012

The destruction caused by the recent earthquake has raised questions about the lack of a unified seismic building code.

An article in reports that Luis Alvarez Valencia, vice president of the Institute of Cement and Concrete in Guatemala (ICCG), a member of the Guatemalan Association of Structural Engineering and Earthquakes (Agies), said "There is no building code combining all the rules in the country. "

Seismic Building Code

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In Costa Rica from January 13, 2013 applications for building permits must comply with the new seismic code.

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-Changes in the seismic zoning map, which includes Northern districts classified as area Zone III, and much of the Central Pacific area classified as Zone IV.

New law regulates coastal development in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

April 2008

A new Presidential Decree was signed by President Oscar Arias with the intention of regulating real estate development in Guanacaste by limiting the height of buildings constructed in zones that are located near to the beach.

Beach front land will be broken into four zones: public (first 50 meters of beach), restricted (up to 150 meters from the first limit), intermediate (the next 800 meters after the restricted zone), and the internal zone (up to 3km after the intermediate line).

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