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Real Estate Companies Given Training on Land Use and Building Permits


In an aim to foster an orderly urban development and simultaneously generate more sources of employment in the city, the municipal government under Angelica Araujo Lara is training real estate business entrepreneurs on the requirements for the issuing of land use and new-development building permits.

With that in mind, the Department of Urban Development is holding informational meeting and training sessions with 35 member agencies of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (Asociacion Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios, or AMPI in Spanish) in order for investors to become familiar with the permit procedures and formalities to be realized before the municipal (jurisdictional) authority.

Attending the informational meeting were real estate developers Balam Group, Coldwell Banker, Covasa Bienes Raices, Inmobiliaria DYCSA, Construcciones e Inmobiliaria Aguayo, Arquicasa, Oasis, Yucatanproperties, Agora Bienes Raices, and NAHIL, Asesores Inmobiliarios, among others.

The Urban Development specialists outlined the progress of the State of Yucatan Real Estate Development Act to the first group, composed of 20 AMPI members who met in the audiovisual room of the "Olimpo" Cultural Center.  Said Act became effective December 8 and its Regulations are in process.

Said Act encompasses standards for construction of new fraccionamientos, (subdivisions), like the official authorization/permit number that gives the buyer legal certainty.

Similarly, it stipulates four steps to be followed: the environmental urban feasibility under the responsibility of the Secretariat of Urban Development and Environment (Secretaria de Desarrollo Urbano y Medio Ambiente); the land use permit; development feasibility, and the authorization from the municipality of Merida. The specialists outlined the requirements for compliance.

Yolanda Fernández Martínez, Director of Urban Development, explained that in order to expedite or streamline the procedures and offer better service, it is necessary to provide basic information by filling out the appropriate forms.

She reminded the participants that the forms are located in the "Formalities and Services" section of the Ayuntamiento’s (City Hall) web site: and that it should be completed prior to visiting the Department of Urban Development, thus avoiding delays and creating a faster and more efficient service.  

During the training session, the business entrepreneurs also resolved their doubts as to the processing time for the pertinent permits as well as the criteria for the issuing of same.

During the meeting, the real estate developers expressed their approval that the municipal government under Arq. Angelica Araujo Lara set up working links for boosting La Ciudad de la Paz (the City of Peace), which is of interest to real property investors. 

Source: Diario de Yucatan

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