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DOE and BTB introduce new requirements for hoteliers

Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018. 7:34 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Department of the Environment (DOE) and the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) have introduced a new Environmental Checklist to facilitate the environmental screening process of hotels to ensure that new and existing facilities are compliant with relevant environmental laws.

According to the BTB, this is a pre-requisite for the renewal of hotel licenses. The checklist includes a standardized fee and list of requirements, which are mandatory for the processing of an application for environmental clearance. A copy of the checklist can be found at: http://www.doe.gov.bz/index.php/services/checklists/send/37-checklists-for- developers/654-hotelschecklist-final-2017

The DOE encourages owners of existing hotels that have not yet obtained environmental clearance to complete the environmental checklist and submit the necessary information and proof of payment to the DOE for processing. As part of the process, the DOE is required to conduct a site inspection once all required documentation is submitted and reviewed.

Hotel owners are encouraged to contact the DOE at 822-2819 or 828-4845, or at [email protected] with any queries regarding the requirements or process.

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