The city of Valencia and the province of Alicante are the two areas that suffer the longest delays in the processing and granting of building licenses, according to a survey carried out by the Official Col·legi d’Arquitectes of the Valencian Community (COACV).

The data shows that the municipalities with the most complaints about delays are València, Dénia, Orihuela, Alicante, Xàbia and Teulada, as well as Bétera, El Campello, Elx, and Sagunt.

80% of complaints about delays across the whole of the Valencian Community originate in these 10 municipalities. Most are in the province of Alicante, although it is the city of Valencia that presents the most serious situation with an accumulation of complaints far worse the rest, with almost 40% of the total.

The province of Castellón records the best results with a low incidence, almost testimonial, of complaints in delays. Almost all of the municipalities that accumulate delays are located on the coastal strip.

The COACV launched the survey among its members in early May with the aim of learning about the situation regarding delays in granting licenses across the community. Almost 300 architects participated in the survey, which corresponds to approximately 30% of the total number.

  • The average delay is calculated as one year.

Delays in granting licenses are one of the biggest problems that many municipalities have to face. Although autonomous legislative initiatives have been launched to try to alleviate the situation, the bottlenecks that slow down the economic activity within the construction sector still persist, according to the COACV, says that it has signed agreements, or is in the process of collaboration, with some of the most affected municipalities such as Orihuela, Onil and Teulada.