Permit Power

Permit Snag Hits Century-Old Project

Permits can stall or accelerate a construction megaproject. A permit issue is even affecting a century-old project—the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. The project launched in 1882, though less than a quarter of the execution phase was complete when its famed architect, Antoni Gaudí, died in 1926. Project progress has gained momentum over the past two decades, and the church (which sees 4.5 million tourists a year) is slated to be complete in 2026.
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