Costa Rica: Legal Paperwork for Construction Via Internet

The web platform the College of Engineers and Architects wil present to the government will allow for all the procedures that are currently carried out in 14 different public institutions to be done in one place.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Olman Vargas, executive director of the Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) told that "... if the government accepts the proposal, the site will be ready in a period of 6 months. "Some of the procedures that must be carried out in the period prior to construction of a project are the presentation of land plans, land use, water availability, environmental impact and road permits, all at different institutions.

According to Vargas, "... the idea is to develop a platform similar to the Construction Project Manager platform, which was devised by the CFIA and allows for steps to process plans to be carried out via the web. "

"... 'The idea with this is to streamline the process. That is to say, that people can do the whole process from home and not have to spend time going to the various institutions.'"

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Costa Rica: Land Registration Procedures Accelerated

March 2016

Facilities have been enabled to approve cadastral plans digitally without requiring the physical presence of surveyors and property owners at the offices of the National Registry.

The new initiative known as Approval of Topographic Plans (ATP) has made the process of approving cadastral plans in Costa Rica digital, as from now on the physical presence of surveyors and property owners on the premises of association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) or the Land Registry will no longer be required reported that union.

Costa Rica: Plans for Online Registration Announced

December 2013

A new web platform has been presented to register architectural plans in digital format with the National Registry.

From a press release by the Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA):

The Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA by its initials in Spanish), the College of Engineering Surveyors (CIT in Spanish) and the National Registry office have presented a new electronic digital registry system for surveys and plans to be submitted to the National Registry. The procedure will be carried out through the platform known as ' Administrador de Proyectos de Topografía (APT)' (Project Management for Surveys), belonging to the CFIA, and which enables users across the country to register online, without having to go to the office of the National Registry in Zapote.

More Constructions Registered in Costa Rica

May 2012

In the first quarter of 2012 the number of square meters of processed construction increased by 15% compared to the same period in 2011.

The data has been released by the Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA in Spanish).

The province of San Jose leads with the largest amount of square meters, totaling 840,292 m2, or one third of everything processed in Costa Rica, reported

Skilled manpower hard to find amid Costa Rica's building boom

June 2008

The Costa Rican construction industry faces a shortage of skilled manpower. The shortage, which is particularly acute on the coasts, is being blamed for overruns on contracts.

The boom in the provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas took local labor markets by surprise.
Companies in many cases have been forced to take on workers without the requisite skills, leading to fears that quality might be compromised.

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