While a step in the right direction, one only need waste a day in the Puerto Rico DMV/DTOP to see that Puerto Rican politicians don’t get it. The DMV waiting time is a litmus test for ease of doing business in Puerto Rico. They have a long way to go in cutting out red tape, bureaucracy, reducing waiting times, improving efficiency.
Government Implements Administrative Order to Speed Up Permits Process
The Single Conditional Permit may only be approved for retail stores, commercial offices, professional offices, medical offices, barber shops, beauty salons, small shops for sale and services that do not involve preparation and/or the sale of food
Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced, along with Economic Development and Commerce Secretary Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, announced that up to 800 Conditional Unique Permits may soon be issued, which were requested for various economic activities around Puerto Rico.
The development comes after the implementation of Administrative Order: OMB 2019-11, “Instructions for requests related to the issuance and renewal of the Single Permit,” which was issued after mayors and the private sector complained of chronic delays in the permit approval process.
“Our public policy is aimed at promoting economic development, through various initiatives, always complying with established laws and regulations. Considering the concerns that arose in the past few days by some mayors and business associations, this Administrative Order was developed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue a Conditional Sole Permit, as long as the requested use has already been approved, with the exception of renewal applications, which may be issued without any restrictions, ”explained the governor in a statement.
A new application for a Single Conditional Permit may only be approved for retail stores, commercial offices, professional offices, medical offices, barber shops, beauty salons, small shops for sale and services that do not involve preparation and/or the sale of food. However, they may not involve the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Meanwhile, Laboy indicated that this Conditional Sole Permit will have a maximum term of six months for the petitioner to comply with all the requirements established for obtaining the Sole Permit. The conditional permit shall lose effectiveness after the term of six months or the date when the Single Permit was granted, whichever occurs first. In the event that the delay in granting the permit is not attributable to the petitioner and is because OMB has not completed the inspection process, the conditional permit will remain in effect until OMB has completed the process.
“One of our priorities is to promote the development of small and midsize enterprises. To be competitive, it is necessary that the Island has a permit system that is agile and practical, always complying with regulations and laws. In this process we have worked hard and in the past months, we met with various business organizations and mayors [from] Bayamón, Guaynabo and Arecibo, to identify areas of opportunities that allow us to improve the service so we can generate more jobs and investment,” Laboy said.