Far from being an isolated complaint, some companies in the construction sector that operate both in Sitges and in other towns in Catalonia – from national companies to industrialists in the town with decades of experience in their business – have said that the current timeframe for resolving applications for major building work in Sitges is ‘too slow’.
For 2021-2022 to date, the current average period is 14 months, although there have been cases that have taken up to 21 months. In terms of license applications, of the 46 that have been requested this year to date, just 8 have been granted.
‘It’s a drama,’ says the representative of a company used to working in other tourist resorts on the Catalan coast. ‘This delay does not occur elsewhere.’
He cites as an example a report from the Association of Builders of Catalonia, which places Sitges and Sant Cugat del Vallès as the two towns in Catalonia that take the longest in granting licenses for major works.
In his view, this is, above all, a matter of ‘political will, because they could just put more resources into it’. He said: ‘If they know there is demand and they can’t meet it, the administration needs to move on to be more efficient.’
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