New Rules for Restaurants

In order for a club soda or a restaurant in Costa Rica to obtain permission to use liquefied petroleum gas, the business must comply with the regulations that have been in effect since September and must then submit to the scrutiny of a certified specialist.

Monday, November 25, 2019

The 133 requirements to be met by restaurants and club soda are contained in the "General Regulations for the Regulation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Supply."

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Businesses must follow the rules and then hire a certified specialist to inspect the premises. If the requirements are met, restaurants must renew their sanitary permit each year.

Specialists verifying business conditions must be authorized by the Federal College of Engineers and Architects (CFIA), the College of Chemical Engineers or the Fire Department of Costa Rica.

Also see "What kinds of Foods Do Costa Ricans Prefer?"

Juan Pablo Arias, an engineer who gives training courses to certifiers at the CFIA, explained that "... the issue is big, because there are strong non-compliances during inspections. The biggest problem is the location of the cylinders, because it used to have them inside the shops."

The article adds that "... The Ministry of Health is the one who delivers for the first time, or renews, the operating health permit and is also the one who performs the compliance inspections and can conclude the business."

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