During 2017, public officials in charge of municipalities throughout Costa Rica implemented new plans to reduce the procedures, requirements and administrative costs of Construction Permits.
Costa Rica’s Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC), developed a four-phase strategy to reduce the previous complicated requirements for construction permits.
The plan was to:
- Define all institutions involved in the permitting process
- Identification of the current resolution times
- Inspections of each institution involved and their current requirements
- Development of a proposal to simplify procedures, create tools and train public officials to streamline the construction permitting process.
As of November 2017, the institutions have eliminated unnecessary applications and procedural steps, and there has been a significant reduction in response times for permitting approvals.
These positive results have been possible with the adoption of the Federated College of Engineers and Architects, Construction Project Manager (APC) digital platform to manage the permitting process, and the new strategy has realized a 58% reduction in the procedures required to obtain permits.
The goal of this project was to improve the business climate and this has been accomplished during 2017, and the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce has implemented plans for regional inspections during 2018, to follow up and ensure that their new strategies are functioning as planned.
The writer, Tom Rosenberger has lived and worked in Costa Rica for 25 years and from his travels throughout the country building and inspecting construction, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge about living and doing business in Costa Rica. If you have questions and would like to contact Tom click here.