Single Permit workshop scheduled for next Tuesday

By John McPhaul

With the aim that all small and midsize entrepreneurs know the details of the Single Permit, which consolidates and incorporates permitting procedures into a single application, experts in the area of business permits regulation from the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC by its Spanish acronym), along with leading executives and entrepreneurs from the United Retailers Association (CUD by its Spanish acronym) and the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce (CCPR by its Spanish initials), will conduct the virtual workshop Filing the Single Permit at the Single Business Portal (SBP), Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. via FB Live.

The New Joint Regulation of 2019 incorporates new changes to current permit applications.

One of the most relevant changes is the incorporation of the Unique Permit, which consolidates and incorporates procedures in a single application.

Prior to the regulation taking effect, an entrepreneur needed to carry out between five and seven procedures for individual permits to start his business. With the Single Permit, he or she would request several permits in a single process.

“With the virtual workshop, we hope that our entrepreneurs know everything about the Unique Permit from beginning to end, as well as the latest changes that have been incorporated at the request of our association,” said CUD President Jesús E. Vázquez Rivera. “In this way, we will adjust the processes to the reality of our 5,000 partners, representing more than 15,000 businesses in Puerto Rico.”

Participating in the virtual workshop, as the main speaker, will be attorney Rosalía Cruz Niemiec, director of professional regulation and interim director of DDEC’s Permits Management Office. Alicia Lamboy Mombille, former president of the CCPR and president of its Committee on Environment, Infrastructure and Permits, will be invited to the conference reaction panel.

Vázquez Rivera and CUD Economic Development Adviser Rubén Ayala will also share reactions.

Among the topics to be discussed in the workshop are the status of the current regulation, to whom the Single Permit applies, and the operation of the SBP platform.

Those entrepreneurs interested in participating in the virtual workshop can connect to or on the Facebook page of the United Retailers Association. The workshop is free of charge.

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