Reduced Paperwork for Construction

By digitalizing the procedures involved, obtaining a building permit requires now 60 days, down from 188.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Five entities, the professional association, the Ministry of Health, Water and Sewerage Department, the Fire Department and the National Institute of Housing and Urbanism (INVU), have been connected via the Construction Project Administration (CPA). Joining them is also the Bank of Costa Rica, as a servicer.

"Also beginning to join this linked group are the municipalities, the last step in the permit process. Currently, 22 using the APC and the remaining 59 have agreed to include the platform by December", reports

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Perspectives of Construction in Costa Rica

January 2014

In 2014 the dynamism of the sector will depend on the speed with which the current infrastructure problems and excessive paperwork can be resolved.

The Costa Rican Chamber of Construction (CCC) today announced that 2013 closed with a decline of 1.7%, about 99 thousand square meters less than in 2012.

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.

Costa Rica: Construction Plans to be Processed Online Only

March 2013

From the March 17 processes for construction plans must be performed exclusively through the Construction Project Manager digital platform .

From a press release from the Association of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica (CFIA):

From next Sunday March 17, the processing of construction plans will be done only through the Internet, as established in the regulations for Review of Construction Plans.

No Real Progress in Reducing Paperwork

October 2011

The Costa Rican government has announced successes in de-bureaucratizing the country, but employers say that in reality plans to make it happened haven’t actually been put into action.

The business sector does acknowledge that some progress has been made, but is asking for better coordination between the different entities involved in issuing permits.

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