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Indepth information on planning regs in portugal

Indepth information on planning regs in portugal

Postby omostra06 » Fri 17 Jul 2009 09:16 GMT

Portugal has some of the strictest planning laws in Europe. These laws have been introduced for the following reasons: to ensure sustainable development, enhance and protect the green open spaces. The Portuguese government in keeping a strict control on planning hopes to guarantee these spaces are not littered with ugly, water draining urban developments like their neighbour, Spain.
Attaining planning permission (project) can be a time consuming affair in Portugal and it is not unusual for this process to take up to a year or more to be passed. Once you have selected the architect you wish to use and have an idea of the design of building you wish to build, the process should be relatively straightforward.

Whereas planning permission in the United Kingdom usually takes six weeks to process, in Portugal the procedure is much, much longer. In Portugal a project, or planning permission, once submitted in full to the Council, could take from six months to one year to pass.

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