State type
Type of government
Republica democrática representativa
Administrative Division

National Level

Gobierno Central

Intermediate/Regional Level

Departamentos 18

Local Level

Municipios 298

National Urban Policy

  • The Housing and Urban Development Policy in Honduras is divided into two parts, including 8 sections, which analyze the general and specific objectives of the consultancy. The first part, the Diagnostic and Conceptual and Institutional Framework, examines the context of the historical development and the current situation of the housing sector, highlighting the following sections:
    1. Conceptual framework of the housing policy, public institutionality and legal framework
    2. Expansion of land supply and production of housing and basic services
    3. Improvement of informal settlements
    4. Property Rights Regime
    5. Housing finance and mortgage market

    The second part contains the Final Housing and Urban Development Policy Document, presented on Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at the Workshop held at the Marriott Hotel in Tegucigalpa, chaired by Eng. Jorge Carranza, Minister of SOPTRAVI. After reviewing the background and rationale for the policy proposal, this Part Two contains the last three sections:
    6. The Strategic Approach to the Policy
    7. The Policy Instruments
    8. The Institutional Framework

    UN-Habitat, the Secretariat of Governance, Justice and Decentralization of Honduras and the Secretariat of Strategic Planning continue the progress towards the National Urban Policy of Honduras. The definition of the vision, objectives and strategic axes of the PNU, as well as proposals for implementation, evaluation and monitoring will be developed in the coming months in workshops and participatory activities.

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  • Honduras is a unitary country that at the sub-national level recognizes only municipalities as autonomous local governments with democratic elections; departments are only deconcentrated entities that represent the central government. The 2016 Decentralization Law granted municipalities greater administrative capacity to manage their own services and collections although in tax matters they cannot create or modify taxes.

    The main source of municipal revenues is composed of municipal intergubeernal revenues, followed by non-tax and tax revenues. Within the tax revenues, the most important are the tax on industry, commerce and services; the tax on the exploitation of resources; the property tax and the personal income tax.