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Summary of the procedure

This section of the portal is a compilation of the procedures and possible requirements, since the information applicable to each municipality or state depends on particular legislation, the requirements for a specific location may vary from the compilation given here.

The required information is obtained at the office of the municipal or state agency that is responsible for the specific location. There you will be informed about the document to obtain, the requirements, costs, resolution time and applicable legislation for the municipality or state of your interest. Consult the directory of municipalities here.

To carry out a construction project, you must first apply for a construction license. To obtain it, you may need to apply for various permits or authorizations granted by municipal, state or federal authorities.

The process is divided into seven blocks and is comprised of one or several procedures: 

  1. Zoning feasibility. This entails verification that intended use of the construction is compatible with zoning ordinances pertaining to territorial or urban development programs of the municipality. 

  2. Feasibility of water supply and use. This step entails verification of the feasibility of sufficient water supply and drainage service at the location of the construction project. Water service permits are granted by the state, municipal or federal authority (CONAGUA), depending on the characteristics of the project and jurisdiction.

  3. Environmental Impact Statement (MIA). This process serves to secure the assessment of possible environmental impacts of a construction project. The type of Environmental Impact Statement to be submitted depends on both the kind of activity carried out in the construction project and the territory where it is located.

  4. Road/Traffic impact. This process entails analysis of the project roadway design and actions proposed to reduce the adverse impact the construction project could cause in the municipality or state. 

  5. Civil Defense. This process entails an analysis of the conceivable risks posed by the building and the surrounding area. 

  6. Urban Impact. This process consists of an evaluation of alterations caused by the construction project in the surrounding environment, and generally takes into account crowding issues, urban image, the project’s socioeconomic breakdown, as well as matters of cultural, historical, archaeological or artistic heritage. 

  7. Construction license. This document is issued by the municipality. It allows you to begin construction, once the required viability and feasibility requirements have been met, which include such matters as zoning, risk assessment, services, and environmental, urban and traffic impacts, among others.

To view information on paperwork, select it in the steps column on the left

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