Mar 162015
 

Real Estate List Below is the most current listing of Registered Brokers for Real Estate in Belize.

Member Directory

Company Name Contact Info
Belize Land Properties Ltd. Oscar D Romero
Belize Property Agents DBA
Hummingbird Inn Ltd.
David Gobeil
Boris Mannsfeld and Associates Frik De Meyere
Buy Belize Real Estate Ltd. Ricky Perera
Ceiba Realty Ltd. Jonathan Lohr
Century 21 BTALCO Saira Mahabir
Century21 BTALCO Donna Gartner
Consejo Shores Ltd. William N. (Bill) Wildman
Coral Beach Realty Robert S. Hamilton
Corozal Bayside Realty Lincoln E. Eiley
Corozal Belize Properties Walter Tom Fisher
CPC Real Estate Solutions Ltd. Michael Young
CPC Real Estate Solutions Ltd. Patrick Doyle
CPC Real Estate Solutions Ltd. Dan Dunbar
CPC Real Estate Solutions Ltd. Petra Wolf
D & M Realty Maureen Belisle-Leong
Diamond Realty Daphine Vega
GNC Corporate Services Limited Troy Gabb
I Found Belize Realty James Ping
In Sites Real Estate Marta Hendrikx
Jaseth M. Jackson & Co. Jaseth M. Bassaragh
Northern Coastal Realty Fernando Herman Alamilla
Ocean Breeze Properties Santiago Gomez
Paradise Found Belize Ltd. Mark Leonard
RE/MAX 1st Choice David Kafka
RE/MAX 1st Choice Terry K. Pennington
RE/MAX 1st Choice Sandra K. Pennington
RE/MAX Belize Property Center Brian Cullerton
RE/MAX Belize Property Center Tiffany Swift
RE/MAX Belize Property Center John Acott
RE/MAX Island Real Estate Dennis Kay II
RE/MAX Island Real Estate Jeffery A. Bella
RE/MAX Island Real Estate Sara Warner
RE/MAX Southwind Daniel Hartin
RE/MAX Southwind John D. Turley
RE/MAX Southwind Robert Colon
Sapphire Realty Limited Alfonso S. Silva
SBW Property Management &
Real Estate, Belize
Shawn Welch
Southwind Properties Claudio Azueta
Titoff Realty Ltd. Konstantin Titov
Vista Real Estate Hugo Moguel
Vista Real Estate Eric Reyes
Vista Real Estate Manuel Ayuso
Wrobel & Co., Attorneys-at-Law Ryan J. Wrobel
Yearwood Properties Brian Yearwood

Construction Permits in Belize

Below is an example of what you can expect when Building in Belize

Central Building Authority (CBA) Building in Belize CBA Fees, Does not include Architect, or Engineering fees

Procedure Time Allowed Associated Fees
Obtain a lot plan
Agency: Lands Department
The property title should include a lot plan. Otherwise, it can be obtained from the Lands Department. In about 30% of cases, the Lands Department will not have the lot plan in its records. In these cases, the construction company can hire a surveyor to draw up a new lot plan, which would take 2-3 weeks to complete at a cost of $600-$800BZD.
2 days $30 BZD
Pay application fee at Commercial Bank
Agency: Commercial Bank

Builder/Owner must first pay the appropriate application fee directly to the Central Building Authority’s bank account. Builder/Owner will fill out the application form and receive proof of payment of the application fees.

1 day $175 BZD
Obtain clearance of electrical plans from the Public Utility Company (PUC)

Agency: Public Utility Company
The electrical plans must be designed by a PUC licensed electrician or electrical engineer and then submitted (as per PUC design submittal requirements) to the PUC for review and approval.
4 days $0 BZD (No Charge)
Obtain approval of sewage disposal system
Agency: Ministry of Health
The plans of the sewage disposal system must be approved by the Ministry of Health.
4 days $0 BZD (No Charge)
Request and receive building permit
Agency: Central Building Authority
To obtain a building permit, Builder/Owner must submit to the Central Building Authority an application form with the required fees and documents (see below). Depending on the location, an environmental compliance plan may be required. Other approving agencies would be the health and fire departments. Because they are a part of the committee, this is a one-stop approval process. During  construction, an inspector visits the site at least four times to ensure that the structure corresponds to the agreed plans.With the application, Builder/Owner must submit the processing fee and three sets of plans, four site plans, and four location plans. The plans should include a drawing to scale, showing the plot boundaries in relation to adjoining roads, alleys, footpaths, and the position of any proposed building(s) on the same lot.

Other information that should be included is the layout of sewerage and drainage and detailed foundation plans, showing each floor and roof with typical cross-sections through the building indicating foundations, each floor, and the roof, with relative heights and levels of the lowest floor of the building and of the adjacent ground. Also complete plans of all water-retaining structures with reinforced concrete detail, where used must be submitted with the application.

These and other plans are required by the regulations under the Belize City Building Act, Chapter 131 and 40 of the Public Health Act (revised edition 2000). The city engineer must be informed of the start date of the above work.

Once the City Council receives the plans, it sends them to the engineering department. The engineering department then sends the plans to the Ministry of Housing, which returns them to the City Council. However, the Ministry of Housing Committee meets only once a month, and it responds to the City Council only once every 2 weeks. The council is responsible for local regulations, while the ministry administers regional regulations.

Throughout the approval process, the Building Plan Committee checks that the proposed project is in compliance with zoning,  environmental, and fire safety requirements.

Construction must begin within 6 months of the date the building permit is issued. The permit fee covers four site visits to inspect during four different phases.

Once the plans are approved, the applicant will be requested to complete a an “Application For A Permit To Commence Construction”.

Application fees and permit fees are as follows:

Residential:

• Less than or equal to 1,000 sq. ft.:  $50.00 BZD plus 0.10¢ BZD per sq. ft.

• Over 1,000 sq. ft. $100.00 BZD plus 0.15¢ BZD per sq. ft.

Commercial:

• Less than or equal to 800 sq. ft.: $150.00 BZD plus 0.20¢ BZD per sq. ft. (for example, banks, stores, restaurants)

• Over 800 sq. ft.: $175.00 plus 0.25¢ BZD per sq. ft. (for example hotels, bars, supermarkets, repair shops, beauty salons)

Institutional:

• Less than or equal to 800 sq. ft.: $150.00 BZD 0.25¢ BZD per sq. ft. (for example, private schools or hospitals)

• Over 800 sq. ft.: $175.00 plus 0.30¢ BZD per sq. ft. (for example, clinics or churches)

• There is no charge for government buildings (for example, public schools)

Industrial:

• Less than or equal to 1,000 sq. ft.: $125.00 BZD plus 0.35¢ BZD per sq. ft. (for example, warehouses, garages)

• Over 1,000 sq. ft.: $150.00 BZD plus 0.40¢ BZD per sq. ft. (for example, factories)

The Doing Business case study warehouse would fall under this category, given its size of 14,000 sq. ft.

Amenities:

• Swimming pool: $150.00 BZD plus $1.00 BZD per sq. ft.

• Pier: $2.00 BZD per (running) ft.

• Fence: $0.25¢ BZD per ft.

35 days $5,600 BZD
Obtain an environmental clearance
Agency: Central Building Authority
Due to the magnitude of the project (a 2-story warehouse of 1300.6 sq m. above ground), the Environmental Department must be informed of the project. The Department will then determine whether an EIA or an ECP (Environmental Compliance Plan) is required and will issue an environmental clearance.
14 days $1,850 BZD
Receive set out inspection
Agency: Central Building Authority
The setting out inspection must be carried out and approved before the actual construction commences. The construction phase must commence no later than 365 days of the date of the “No Objection To Development.” The “No Objection To Development” is automatically deemed null and void 365 days after it has been issued. The City Council schedules two random inspections, based on the building plans. Belize City is comprised of five districts, and each district has one inspector assigned to it.
1 day $0 BZD (No Charge)
Receive random inspection by City Council – I
Agency: Central Building Authority
The CBA will carry out 2 random site inspections during the construction of the project to ensure that the works are being carried out in accordance with the permitted documents.
1 day $0 BZD (No Charge)
Receive random inspection by City Council – II
Agency: Central Building Authority
The CBA will carry out 2 random site inspections during the construction of the project to ensure that the works are being carried out in accordance with the permitted documents.
1 day $0 BZD (No Charge)
Notify Central Building Authority of completion of construction and request occupancy certificate
Agency: Central Building Authority
No later than 1 week after construction is completed, the owner, or other authorized person must inform the CBA of the completion of the construction and request an occupancy permit from the CBA.
1 day $0 BZD (No Charge)
Receive final inspection from Central Building Authority
Agency: Central Building Authority
The CBA will carry out a detailed inspection of the works within 10 working days. If the built work is in compliance with the permitted set of construction documents, CBA will issue the occupancy permit.
14 days $0 BZD (No Charge)
Obtain occupancy permit
Agency: Central Building Authority
Within 3-4 weeks after the inspection, the CBA will issue the occupancy permit.
21 days $0 BZD (No Charge)
*Request water and sewage connection
Agency: Belize Water Services Ltd. (BWS)
The representative of Builder/Owner must apply in person at the Belize Water Services Ltd and provide the following information:• A written request on the company’s letter head and the identification card of the person authorized to conduct the transaction on behalf of the company• Proof of location of the property• Contact details
1 day $450 BZD
Obtain site visit by the Belize Water Services Ltd.
Agency: Belize Water Services Ltd. (BWS)
1 day $0 BZD (No Charge)
Obtain water and sewage connection
Agency: Belize Water Services Ltd. (BWS)
Some areas outside the city limits do not have sewage lines so septic tanks are often required.
27 days $1,000 BZD

*Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

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