At Jurex Law we have extensive experience in the legislation that protects the maritime – terrestrial zones of Costa Rica, and the permits for granting the concession of those areas for housing, tourism, agriculture, recreation, industrial or mining purposes.
Our strategic alliance with Consultores Turísticos Asociados, a leader company on the development of tourism projects and condominiums in maritime zones, allows us to provide our clients an efficient and personalized service.
According to the Ley sobre la Zona Marítimo-Terrestre (Diario Oficial La Gaceta, 1977) a maritime zone is:
“The range of 200 meters wide along the entire length of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the Republic, whatever its nature, measured horizontally from the line of the high tide and the land and rocks that the sea leaves uncovered during the low tide”.
Article 48 of the Law defines that public land concessions may be given for not less than 5 years, no more than 20 years.
The respective municipality will request to the Dirección General de Tributación an appraisal of the land to determine the value of the use right. This is established in articles 49 and 50 of the Reglamento a la Ley sobre la Zona Marítimo-Terrestre:
“The annual fees payable by the licensees of the maritime zone will be regulated according to the following table, applied to the respective appraisals”:
Article 12 of the Ley sobre la Zona Marítimo-Terrestre, also known as Law 6043, establishes the activities that cannot be performed in areas property of the Costa Rican State, without the proper legal authorization (concession):
Article 13 of the law makes it very clear:
The authorities of the corresponding jurisdiction and the respective municipalities will proceed with the eviction of the offenders and the destruction or demolition of the constructions, renovations or installations. The owner of the building or facility will be charged with the cost of the demolition; all these, as well as other criminal sanctions (jail).
If you have any questions regarding the concession of properties in Costa Rica and its legal procedures, don´t hesitate to contact us today.