Environmental Permits in the Dominican Republic

All projects in the Dominican Republic must apply for and obtain environmental approval from the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, pursuant to General Law on the Environment and Natural Resources 64-00, which regulates environmental pollution, the generation and control of toxic and hazardous substances, and the treatment of domestic and municipal wastes, among other matters. The type of environmental permit required depends on the nature of the real estate project:

•    An environmental licence is needed for projects with a high level of potential environmental impact, which requires an environmental impact study, measures to prevent, mitigate or compensate the environmental impact, and a special program for environmental management and adaptation.

•    An environmental permit is needed for projects with a moderate level of potential environmental impact, whose negative effects can be avoided or minimized by measures of mitigation, prevention or compensation, which must be set forth in a special program for environmental management and adaptation, requiring an environmental impact study.

•    An environmental certificate is needed for projects with a low level of potential environmental impact, which only requires compliance with current environmental regulations.

•    A certificate of minimum impact is needed for projects with a minimum level of potential environmental impact, which only requires compliance with current environmental regulations.