Dealing with Construction Permits


"Establish Brazil will decrease the processing time and increase your chance of approval" 


Delayed construction projects cost money. Do not let your construction project be held up by non-conformity to bureaucratic rules and regulations, Establish Brazil can aid your construction project through the efficient obtaining of construction permits.


  • Apply for a construction permit

If you would like assistance in obtaining a construction permit in Brazil for your company's or your own proposed building, apply for a construction permit here including details about the size, location and budget of your proposed building.


  • Arrange a consultation for more information

If you would like to speak with one of our consultants regarding construction permits for your or your company's construction project in Brazil fill out our arrange a consultation contact form, including details about the size, location and budget of your proposed building. 


Our Construction Project Team

At Establish Brazil we can put together a team for your construction project to ensure your valuable time and money isn’t wasted on unnecessary bureaucratic processes and communication issues. If you would like us to arrange the team for you, #101 contact us for a consultation, once we understand the scope of the project we will be able to inform you of the approximate costs, people, documents and processes involved.


Construction Permits in Brazil

The difficulty of obtaining construction permits in Brazil varies depending on the classification and magnitude of the construction. To define difficulty in this situation, we are talking about the number of documents required, fees involved, number of different processes and length of time.
Construction classifications: New construction, refurbishment, reconstruction, small refurbishment, land use altering and modification project.
Two types of permit should be acquired before beginning construction,, an approval permit, which approves the project, and a construction permit, which allows you to begin the construction process. While these permits may be applied for at the same time, they will probably not arrive at the same time. It is also important to remember that a completion certificate must be obtained after construction for the building to be considered legal by the Town Hall.
Applications for building permits for small building projects should be made to the Town Hall Housing Secretary that is closest to the proposed place of construction. For larger building projects, for example buildings containing multiple apartments or commercial spaces, applications should be made to the Department of Building Permits.
There are many documents required for a construction permit as well as a very specific way and order for them to be presented. You are also required by law to have a project manager and a technical manager. It is possible for both positions to be filled by the same person. For both positions, you must use either a registered architect or a registered engineer.
Apart from the legally required project manager and technical manager, due to the complexity of the process, you will probably need a paralegal and/or lawyer.


Zoning (classification of land use) Residential 

For buildings that will be used for residence, for example, R1 is for a singular housing unit. R2 is for plots of land that will contain multiple housing units.


For buildings that will be used for commercial ends. C1 is for local retailers where the development is shared with residential units. C2 is for diverse retailers, where the development can be shared with residential units or not. C3 is for wholesalers, where the development can be shared with residential units or not.



The industrial classification is split into three parts, namely:
I1 is for unobtrusive industry, where the total area is relatively small. These generally require less paperwork than the other classifications of industrial building.
I2 is for diverse industry, as well as the usual requirements the plan must include details regarding all the affects the building will have on the surrounding area and environment.
I3 is for special industry, this is for potentially dangerous industrial buildings where the building and/or the activities carried out within could affect the surrounding flora and fauna or be a health hazard to people in the vicinity.

Other classifications include Special Services and Civic, if you would like more information on these, please contact us.


Pitfalls of Obtaining Construction Permits in Brazil

There are, of course, many other important factors to consider which if ignored could cause difficulties or even the complete paralysation of the process. One particular example is the airport approach zone regulation. Due to the two airports located within the city, many areas have height restrictions for construction. This has sometimes caused large building projects to be stopped, costing investors a fortune in lost time and money.
It is important to consult with a professional regarding this and the other potential problems listed below to avoid the pitfalls of the construction process in Brazil.
Some other factors and regulations for areas that should be considered include: Future road widening plans, environmentally protected areas, landmarked sites (and surrounding areas), high traffic areas, water protection areas, special requirements for large developments, traffic generating sites and neighbourhood impact.


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