Puerto Rico Changes Its Business Permitting Process

Author:Ms Camille Álvarez and Nikos Buxeda
Profession:DLA Piper

A Joint Regulation of the Puerto Rico Planning Board introduces significant changes to the business permitting process in Puerto Rico. Among the most notable changes is the implementation of a Single Permit (Permiso Único) which replaces the former Use Permit while consolidating a number of other required permits and certifications.

Effective June 7, 2019, each new or existing business in Puerto Rico shall obtain a Single Permit in order to commence or continue its business operations.

The Single Permit consolidates the Use Permit, the Categorical Exclusion, the Fire Prevention Certificate, and the Sanitary License into one permit. It may be applied for online through the Single Business Portal of the Office of Permitting Management (OGPe, for its Spanish acronym). A provisional Occupation Authorization may be requested if the new business is unable to comply with any condition or requirement for the approval of a license or certification.

Those businesses holding a Use Permit will be required to request a Single Permit when requesting an amendment or name change to the Use Permit or upon expiration of any of its licenses or certifications...

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