To develop projects in Bogota or the Cundinamarca department, interested parties must apply for different environmental permits and/or authorizations, which can vary according to the location and purpose of the project.
Environmental licenses are an authorization granted by the competent environmental authority for the execution of a project, work or activity that, according to current regulations, could cause serious damage to natural renewable resources or the environment, or lead to significant or noticeable changes to landscapes. Therefore, this procedure is carried out with the National Authority of Environmental Licenses (ANLA) or the Regional Autonomous Corporation (CAR).
There are various types of permit and license types, depending on the intended use or exploitation.
- Air: Emissions permits exist, and are granted by the competent environmental authority to allow the release of emissions into the air.
- Noise: The permitted decibel levels are regulated according to the area of impact.
- Outdoor visual advertising: This is regulated in the city of Bogota, and incurs a tax payment that depends on the dimensions of the piece of advertising.
- Water: Permits exist for the use of water resources, issued by the competent authority. Additionally, the PUEAA program for efficient water use and saving applies to users that request a water license. Groundwater exploration permits and dumping permits also exist.