Philadelphia, PA asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Puerto Rico

Q: I purchased a land, now I'm being told I need to pull permits to use it. Wha nativet rights do I have ?

1 Lawyer Answer
Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • San Juan, PR
  • Licensed in Puerto Rico

A: To answer your question, owning the property in fee simple does allow you to enjoy the property and/or cede, donate, or sell it. Nevertheless, if you wish to develop it, either for personal use or for commercial purposes, the facilities you wish to build may require utilities and other facilities, which will entail procuring permits depending on the use you envision for your property.

Without further detail, it is difficult to counsel you in further detail. For example, should you wish to construct a house on the land, you wold need permits from the Office of General Permits (OGPe) to procure permits from the Puerto Rico Aqueducts & Sewer Authority and the Puerto Rico Energy & Power Authority, among others. If the land you acquired is located in a flood-prone area, you would need to comply with Regulation 13 of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Planning Board, issued September 13, 2009. If you wish to build a condominium or an urbanization, state and municipal permits may be required before you can proceed with your project.

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