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Maximum Construction Height: 8.5 Meters

Arial view of San Miguel, picture by Russell K. Henson

By Jesús Aguado

The city council approved a reform to the Regulation of the Territorial Code of San Miguel de Allende to avoid future constructions higher than 8.5 meters from now on.

Gonzalo González, Secretary of the City Council, commented that the modification of the regulation was fundamental and that was why civil organizations were not included. “It was a primordial topic and had to be solved immediately,” he said. González remarked that in practice the maximum height in San Miguel was 8.5 meters, but it was not written in any legal document.

The agreement approved by the city council now states that 8.5 meters is the maximum height for future buildings in the city above the street level. The document observes that the future construction ought not to block the view from the streets or public overlooks. “In any case, the construction of architectural, structural, ornamental or other facilities requested as provisional or permanent won’t be authorized above the maximum height. If something is authorized, there must be an impact study of the visuals from the streets.

The agreement also states that if there is a permit request and there are constructions with greater heights on the block or street, those greater heights will not be an influence on the authorization of any construction. If the new buildings have basements, just one could be visible.

The document has been sent to the State Secretariat of Government. That office will review the reform, and if they do not have recommendations, the reform will be published in the state newspaper. Then the law will come into force.


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