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ARTA to deem telco tower permits approved after 7 days

Permits for telecommunications towers will be automatically approved seven days after all requirements are completed, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) said, applying the rules of the ease of doing business law to undo the bottleneck in the tower permit process. ARTA said the automatic approval after seven days applies to all tower permit transactions pending with local and national government agencies. Applications not acted on by local legislative councils after 20 days will also be deemed automatically approved. Local government units and national agencies are required to release all necessary documents and permits to the private applicants, under threat of administrative charges to be filed by ARTA.