Assistant Secretary's Message

Law 161-2009, known as the “Law for the Reform of the Puerto Rico Permitting Process”, establishes the government’s public policy to improve the quality and efficiency in the administration of the evaluation processes of applications for the granting, authorization or denial. of permits, licenses, inspections, complaints, certifications, consultations, authorizations and any necessary procedure that affects in any way the development of land and the opening and operation of businesses in Puerto Rico.

In accordance with this, initiatives have been adopted aimed at turning Puerto Rico into an attractive jurisdiction to encourage investment by small, medium, and large entrepreneurs and developers.

As part of these initiatives, changes were made to Law 161-2009, supra, and in June 2019 the new Joint Regulation for the Evaluation and Issuance of Permits related to Development, Land Uses and Business Operation, adopted by the Planning Board.

During this past year, we have worked hard to convert our digital filing system into a unified information system, which will be the only digital system that can be used for the presentation and evaluation of the necessary procedures for the opening and operation of a business and development. of land.

Through this unified information system, the Single Business Portal, all applications for permits, licenses, inspections, complaints, certifications, inquiries, authorizations and any necessary procedure that may affect in any way the development of land and the opening are presented. and business operation in Puerto Rico. All autonomous municipalities with delegated Hierarchies I to V have already joined the Single Business Portal, making it possible for citizens to use a single platform to file their applications, regardless of the municipality in which their property is located, resulting in a great benefit for the citizens, entrepreneurs and investors.

Similarly, we incorporated into the Single Business Portal, the new products created by virtue of Law 161-2009: Single Permit, Consolidated Construction Permit and Single Incidental Operational Permit, as well as the Location Consultation product.

On the other hand, we expanded the Professional Certification mechanism to have unique ministerial permits and certified construction permits issued immediately.

Finally, the Puerto Rico Building Codes were adopted. These Codes update the construction standards and minimum requirements to safeguard the life and safety of citizens.

We continue working to promote the Government’s public policy, and to become an attractive jurisdiction to encourage investment by small, medium and large entrepreneurs and developers.