The Business Association of Builders and Promoters (AECP) of Las Palmas seeks formulas that allow requesting patrimonial responsibility municipal representatives for the systematic failure to comply with the law when granting licenses, which are delayed for periods of between 12 and 18 months, despite the fact that legally the maximum is 90 days. To this is added that once the license is authorized it takes an average of a month and a half to communicate it to the company.
In a statement, the businessmen denounce that the unjustified delay in the granting of licenses leads to serious consequences such as the stoppage and loss of investment, job destruction, cost overruns and legal uncertaintyall the result of "a technocracy that leaves the license applicant absolutely defenseless."
The employers' association points out that before the pandemic, the personnel of the different municipalities received once a week the technicians responsible for the projects to discuss the files, which greatly expedited their approval, as well as the communication of the necessary requirements. Currently this process is carried out exclusively through emails, which has noticeably "delayed and muddied" the process.
"We must take effective measures that force public administrations to comply with the law as required of us, to have a clear framework"
Maria de la Salud Gil
"Uncertainty is the dominant tone that the systematic practice of technocracy gives us," says the president of the AECP, María de la Salud Gil, "which applies unwritten criteria requesting major work licenses in cases in which only prior communication is required. This means that an authorization period of 15 days can be extended up to 18 months », he adds.
For this reason, the employer is considering the possibility of "taking effective measures that force public administrations to comply with the law in the same way that is required of us, how could it be otherwise for us, and we can have the peace of mind of a a clear and transparent framework for action that contributes not only to the economic growth of the sector but of the whole of society”, Gil points out. A step that businessmen see as possible through the collectivization of complaints for which associates grant their endorsement. A "clear example" of the arbitrariness denounced by the builders is the request for public aid for the comprehensive rehabilitation of 6,259 homes linked to energy efficiency. An investment of more than 151 million euros in the province of Las Palmas that "is in danger due to the delay in the granting of licenses by public entities," they point out.
This investment supposes the receipt of European funds by value of almost 95 million euros that, with the aforementioned delays and that already affect even minor works in real terms, "today they would put the aid at serious risk of justification, which would lead to the loss of the same." The employers warn that this would be a serious economic setback for the provincial business fabric and job creation. "For each house that is included in the rehabilitation aid program, three direct, indirect and induced jobs are linked, which gives an idea of the importance of this project for the economy," the statement indicates.