City hall inspectors shut down the new Banorte ATM module installed at Chapala’s main intersection before the unit was ready for business Tuesday, June 25.
The closure was ordered due to violation of the building permit, according to Chapala’s Urban Planning chief Enrique Rivas Villanueva. He said the measure related to the installation of a large blue advertising banner on the upper portion of the exterior that requires prior authorization from the State Culture Department.
Rivas explained that the state agency must approve alterations to buildings that have been designated as “patrimony of architectural or historic value” by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). The INAH catalogue for the Chapala municipality lists 87 edifices under protection.