How to Obtain a Construction Permit in Chile - A Complete Guide

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What is it?

A construction permit in Chile is a crucial authorization required for legally initiating any building or major renovation project within the country. It ensures that your construction complies with local regulations, safety standards, and zoning requirements, safeguarding both the property and its occupants.

Who needs it?

This service is essential for property owners, developers, and contractors planning to build new structures or remodel existing ones in Chile. It is particularly valuable for expats, foreign investors, and individuals looking to make significant improvements on inherited or purchased land.


  1. Preliminary Consultation: Engage with a qualified architect or builder to understand the project’s scope and feasibility.
  2. Draft Initial Plans: Have your architect prepare initial construction plans and designs.
  3. Submit Plans: Present the plans to the local municipality or the Dirección de Obras Municipales (DOM) for initial review.
  4. Environmental Impact Assessment: Conduct an environmental impact study if required by the project scope.
  5. Obtain Approval: Wait for the review and approve the construction plans by the local authorities.
  6. Pay Fees: Pay any necessary municipal fees associated with the permit application.
  7. Receive Permit: Once approved, receive your official construction permit.

Required documents

  • Architectural Plans: Drawn by a certified architect.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment: Required for large-scale projects.
  • Property Ownership Documents: Proof of ownership or land use rights.
  • Municipal Forms: Specific forms required by local municipalities.
  • Zoning Certificates: Documentation confirming the zoning classification of the construction site.

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Additional details

  • Processing Time: Typically takes several weeks to months depending on project scope.
  • Municipal Fees: Vary by municipality and project size.
  • Zoning Regulations: Strict adherence to local zoning laws is mandatory.
  • Professional Assistance: Engaging a local architect familiar with Chilean regulations can streamline the process.


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