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Dealing with Construction Permits in

Angola

Below is a detailed summary of the procedures, time and costs to build a warehouse in Angola. This includes obtaining necessary licenses and permits, completing required notifications and inspections and obtaining utility connections.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 190 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2016. Read the methodology.

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  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
    1

    Obtain a proof of title of property for the land

    Agency: Real Estate Registry of Luanda

    Before obtaining the proof of title, BuildCo must also obtain the Usufruct of the Land from the Instituto de Planeamento e Gestao Urbana de Luanda. This is often a time-consuming procedure taking up to one year or more. However, it is assumed in the case study that BuildCo already owns the land.

    BuildCo must obtain a proof of title of property for the land from the Real Estate Registry in Luanda. An updated certificate of the property ("certidão predial") is obtained from the relevant Real Estate Registry. It sets out a full description of the property, including information on its owner and any charges, liens or encumbrances pending on the property.

    The total fee for the "certidão predial" includes: stamp duty (calculated according to the Law on Stamp Duty); justice fees (calculated according to the Law on Justice Fees); fees to justice officers (according to the set contributions for the Justice budget); notary fees and other fees. The total fee is also dependent on the current value of the fiscal unit (UCF), currently at AOA 88.00, according to Despacho no. 174/11 of March 11, 2011.

    7 days AOA 4,500
    2

    Submit an environmental impact study

    Agency: Ministry of Environment

    According to Article 5 of Decree No. 51/04 of July 23, 2004, every project (private or public) must present an Environmental Impact Study to the Ministry of Environment for their approval.

    15 days no charge
    * 3

    Obtain permission to build from Fire Department

    Agency: Fire Department

    The fees, varying according to project size and location, must be paid to the fire department. To estimate the fees, the fire department requires details about the warehouse location. The fees are not regulated and appear to be charged in a relatively random fashion.

    5 days AOA 1,500
    4

    Obtain environmental impact study clearance

    Agency: Ministry of Environment

    Once the Environmental Impact Study is submitted, it is sent directly to the concerned authority by the Ministry of Environment for further study. If the project is approved, a license is issued to the applicant. This license must be presented to obtain the building permit.

    30 days no charge
    5

    Request license to build from the Provincial Government

    Agency: Provincial Government

    To obtain the license to build, BuildCo must file its application and all required documents with the Provincial Government.

    90 days AOA 13,200
    6

    Receive on-site inspection from the Provincial Government

    Agency: Provincial Government

    After receiving the application for construction permit, the Urban Department (Luanda Province) visits the prospective site to confirm whether the applicant’s information is accurate.

    1 day no charge
    7

    Request and receive final inspection by provincial authorities

    Agency: Provincial Government

    Once the building is completed, the Luanda provincial government conducts a final inspection. Several departments (the fire department, the engineering department, and the town services department) and provincial authorities conduct the final inspection jointly and issue their technical opinions. After the inspection, the occupancy permit will be issued.

    30 days AOA 2,000
    8

    Request and obtain occupancy permit

    Agency: Provincial Government

    30 days no charge
    * 9

    Register the building with the Real Estate Registry

    Agency: Real Estate Registry of Luanda

    The Real Estate Registry charges building registration fees that are in line with taxes assessed on the building by the tax authorities.

    21 days AOA 105,600
    * 10

    Request and obtain water and sewage connection

    Agency: Empresa Provincial de Agua de Luanda (EPAL)

    To request a water and sewage connection, BuildCo must send a letter to the public sector water company in Luanda (Empresa Publica de Aguas de Luanda, EPAL). Along with the letter, the developer must submit a certificate of building location and a copy of the building permit. The connection fees vary according to warehouse size.

    10 days no charge

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 6.0
    Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 1.0
    How accessible are building laws and regulations in your economy? (0-1) Available online; Free of charge. 1.0
    Which requirements for obtaining a building permit are clearly specified in the building regulations or on any accessible website, brochure or pamphlet? (0-1) List of required documents; Fees to be paid. 0.0
    Quality control before construction index (0-1) 1.0
    Which third-party entities are required by law to verify that the building plans are in compliance with existing building regulations? (0-1) Licensed architect; Licensed engineer; Private firm. 1.0
    Quality control during construction index (0-3) 0.0
    What types of inspections (if any) are required by law to be carried out during construction? (0-2) No inspections are legally required during construction. 0.0
    Do legally mandated inspections occur in practice during construction? (0-1) Mandatory inspections are not always done in practice during construction; Mandatory inspections are done most of the time during construction. 0.0
    Quality control after construction index (0-3) 2.0
    Is there a final inspection required by law to verify that the building was built in accordance with the approved plans and regulations? (0-2) Yes, final inspection is done by government agency; Yes, in-house engineer submits report for final inspection; Final inspection is not required by law. 2.0
    Do legally mandated final inspections occur in practice? (0-1) Final inspection does not always occur in practice; Final inspection occurs most of the time. 0.0
    Liability and insurance regimes index (0-2) 1.0
    Which parties (if any) are held liable by law for structural flaws or problems in the building once it is in use (Latent Defect Liability or Decennial Liability)? (0-1)  Architect or engineer; Professional in charge of the supervision; Construction company; Owner or investor. 1.0
    Which parties (if any) are required by law to obtain an insurance policy to cover possible structural flaws or problems in the building once it is in use (Latent Defect Liability Insurance or Decennial Insurance)? (0-1) No party is required by law to obtain insurance . 0.0
    Professional certifications index (0-4) 1.0
    What are the qualification requirements for the professional responsible for verifying that the architectural plans or drawings are in compliance with existing building regulations? (0-2) University degree in architecture or engineering; Being a registered architect or engineer. 1.0
    What are the qualification requirements for the professional who supervises the construction on the ground? (0-2) Being a registered architect or engineer. 0.0