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Dealing with Construction Permits in

Burkina Faso

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

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

    Legalize copy of deed (proof of right to ownership)

    Agency: Notary

    One of the requirements to apply for a construction permit at the CEFAC is to submit at least two certified copies of the title of use or ownership of the land. This legalization can be done at any notary.

    1 day XOF 200
    2

    Obtain soil survey from National Laboratory of Building and Public Works

    Agency: Laboratoire National des Batiments et Travaux Publics Burkina- LNBTP

    The soil survey is carried out by the National Laboratory of Construction and Public Works (Laboratoire National des Batiments et Travaux Publics Burkina). The purpose of this study is to analyze and inform the construction company of the parameters for the foundations (what type of foundations are required, how deep in the soil should they dig, what is the quality of the soil, etc.).

    The fees depend on the size of the building, and according to the arrêté conjoint N 2008-066/MHU/MATD/MEF/MID and the circulaire N 10-01195/MID/SG/LNBTP, the cost of the soil survey from National Laboratory of Building and Public Works is FCFA 300,000.00.

    30 days XOF 300,000
    * 3

    Obtain fire safety study from a licensed fireman or competent private agency

    Agency: Licensed Fireman

    As of January 2011 a fee schedule has been established in Ouagadougou for the cost of the fire safety study. To obtain this study, a company must make a request with a licensed fireman (‘personne agréée’ - pompier) or at the agency SCEPSI -- ‘Societe Commerciale d’Etudes, de Prevention et de Securité Incendie’.

    The fee schedule has reduced the fire safety study fees for Category 3 buildings (e.g., warehouse) from FCFA 500,000.00 to FCFA 165,000.00. The document takes about 1 -- 2 weeks to be issued.

    10 days XOF 150,000
    * 4

    Obtain a land survey from a private consultant

    Agency: Private company

    A land plot survey (plan de bornage) is obtained from a private surveyor. This is necessary since there is Master plan for the city of Ouagadougou, therefore in order for the builder to ensure that the boundary of the land is correct, a private surveyor will do a land survey. This is not a requirement to obtain a building permit, but it is done in practice by the builder.

    7 days XOF 116,000
    5

    Obtain building permit at CEFAC one-stop shop and pay fees

    Agency: Centre de Facilitation des Actes de Construire (CEFAC)

    Documents obtained from the first 3 procedures (soil survey, legalized copy of ID and land title, and fire safety study) along with the architecture plans are brought to CEFAC. The files will be reviewed by one of CEFAC’s two experts on construction permits. If the agent finds that the application package is incomplete, the agent will inform BuildCo before sending the application to other agencies and will ask BuildCo to provide the missing materials.

    The following documents must accompany an application to construct a warehouse (category C):
    • An application form, with a FCFA 200 stamp fee
    • A copy from the RCCM of the company’s status
    • A legalized copy of the land title
    • A demarcation plan
    • An architectural study report established by a recognized architect by the Order of Architects
    • An engineering report detailing the construction requirements

    When the application package is complete, the file is ready to be submitted to the CEFAC Commission. Four agencies are represented in this commission: the fire department, the tax office, the municipality, and the Urban Planning Ministry (Ministere de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme). The committee meets every fifteen days. By law, they have to get back to the applicant within 18 days so a decision is delivered every 20 -- 30 days. The Commission can reject an application for many reasons (including wrong zoning) but BuildCo can only appeal once. An application is rarely rejected. Even in cases when the application requires further information, the Commission issues a conditional permit, allowing the applicant to work on the remaining elements. The permit issued by the Commission is valid for 5 years and can be renewed once.


    20 days XOF 158,558
    6

    Receive excavation inspection

    Agency: Laboratoire National des Batiments et Travaux Publics Burkina- LNBTP

    The laboratory subcontracts with a private laboratory, which conducts weekly inspections. It is assumed that the project will be built in 30 weeks.

    15 days XOF 8,894
    7

    Receive foundation inspection

    Agency: Laboratoire National des Batiments et Travaux Publics Burkina- LNBTP

    The laboratory subcontracts with a private laboratory, which conducts weekly inspections. It is assumed that the project will be built in 30 weeks.

    1 day no charge
    8

    Receive concrete work inspection

    Agency: Laboratoire National des Batiments et Travaux Publics Burkina- LNBTP

    The laboratory subcontracts with a private laboratory, which conducts weekly inspections. It is assumed that the project will be built in 30 weeks.

    1 day no charge
    9

    Notify the CEFAC of the end of construction and request a certificate of occupancy

    Agency: CEFAC

    According to Art. 5 - 7 of le Decree N 2008-004/PRES/PM/MHU/MATD, dated January 10, 2008, it is mandatory for the owner or builder to inform the authority of the end of construction and request a certificate of occupancy.

    1 day no charge
    10

    Receive Final inspection from CEFAC

    Agency: CEFAC

    Once the builder or owner has requested an occupancy permit, the technical department of CEFAC wil visit the construction to verify that it was built according to approved plans. This is based on article 8-9 of decree N 2008-004/PRES/PM/MHU/MATD, dated January 10, 2008.

    1 day no charge
    11

    Obtain certificate of conformity

    Agency: Centre de Facilitation des Actes de Construire (CEFAC)

    The issuance of the certificate of conformity is governed by Article 207 of Law No. 017/2006/AN of 18 May 2006 on the Code of Urbanism and Construction.

    The certificate of conformity, an administrative document attesting that the building was constructed in accordance with the approved building permit, is issued either by the Mayor or by the Minister in charge of the construction within one month from the date of the application.

    An application for a certificate of conformity is submitted by the owner or his agent within one month from the end of construction. The request must be accompanied by the statement of completion of work duly signed by the contractor and the client.

    20 days XOF 41,000
    * 12

    Request water connection

    Agency: Office National de l’Eau et de l’Assainissement (ONEA)

    1 day no charge
    13

    Obtain inspection for water connection cost estimate

    Agency: Office National de l’Eau et de l’Assainissement (ONEA)

    When requesting a connection to water, the distance between the concession and the water mains cannot exceed 50 m. Beyond 50 m and after examining your file, an extension you can be offered if there are at least 5 applications, that would justify such grid extension.

    1 day no charge
    14

    Pay fees and obtain water connection

    Agency: Office National de l’Eau et de l’Assainissement (ONEA)

    For a water connection with the following specifications: 15 millimeter for the water meter, 10 meters from the water mains and based on the daily flow, the size of the water pipe would be 1 inch. The estimated cost is FCFA 120,000.00.

    30 days XOF 120,000

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 12.0
    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; In official gazette. 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. 1.0
    Quality control during construction index (0-3) 2.0
    What types of inspections (if any) are required by law to be carried out during construction? (0-2) Inspections by external engineer or firm; Inspections at various phases. 1.0
    Do legally mandated inspections occur in practice during construction? (0-1) Mandatory inspections are always done in practice. 1.0
    Quality control after construction index (0-3) 3.0
    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, in-house engineer submits report for final inspection. 2.0
    Do legally mandated final inspections occur in practice? (0-1) Final inspection always occurs in practice. 1.0
    Liability and insurance regimes index (0-2) 2.0
    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. 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) Construction company. 1.0
    Professional certifications index (0-4) 3.0
    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) Minimum number of years of experience; University degree in engineering, construction or construction management; Being a registered architect or engineer. 2.0