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Dealing with Construction Permits in

Burundi

Below is a detailed summary of the procedures, time and costs to build a warehouse in Burundi. 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 geotechnical study

    Agency: National Laboratory for Building Construction and Public Works (Laboratoire National Du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics)

    Fees are based on a maximum calculation (Maximum d'essais), which comprises all the verifications the National Laboratory of Construction and Public Works has to do.

    14 days BIF 600,000
    2

    Submit application for the building permit at the DGHU

    Agency: Directorate of Urban Planning and Habitat (DGHU)

    Documents needed for the building permit are:

    • One copy of the property title
    • One copy of the original payment receipt of the “rrais de viabilisation”
    • One copy of the original “proces Verbal de bornage et d’arpentage” (obtained when the property title is being processed on the bare land)
    • Construction plans: Vues en plan, facades, coupe, plan d’implantation (4 copies of each)
    • Original estimated cost of construction: original (3 copies)
    • Original septic tank plan (3 copies)
    • Original structural plan since it is a G1 structure (ground level with 1 floor)
    • Original geotechnical study since it is a G1 structure

    The files are submitted at the ‘Service de Control de la DGHU’, who in turn will forward them internally to the Service de L’instruction.

    Applicants are instructed to return to the DGHU 3 days after submitting their files to check on the status of the applications and to see whether additional information or documents or changes must be made to the plans. Assuming that no modifications are required, BuildCo will accompany the inspector to the site of construction. This is to verify that the parcel is correct and no construction work has started without a permit.

    During those 3 days, the service verifies the plans, particularly in terms of “plan d’occupation des sols” (which surface one is allowed to build on). If some remarks and missing documents need to be addressed, the on-premise inspection will occur once all issues are addressed.

    1 day no charge
    3

    Pay permit fees and the construction tax at the Banque de la Republique du Burundi

    Agency: Banque de la Republique du Burundi

    Payment of the permit fees and the construction tax is made at the Banque de la Republique du Burundi.

    The cost of the permit is 0.6% of estimated construction cost per square meter (BIF 750,000.00 x 1,300.6).

    In addition, the urban development cost must also be paid and the amount depends on the location of construction. For the Doing Business case study, the location of the warehouse is the “quartier des usines.” For this specific location, the cost is BIF 400 per square meter of the building (BIF 400 * 1,300.6).

    1 day BIF 650,035
    4

    Present proof of payment of the construction tax (taxe de batisse) to the DGHU

    Agency: Directorate of Urban Planning and Habitat (DGHU)

    The proof of payment must be provided to the DGHU.

    1 day no charge
    5

    Obtain building permit

    Agency: Directorate of Urban Planning and Habitat (DGHU)

    There are two signatures on a building permit. The Director of DGHU signs the file which is then forwarded to the Director General of DGHU for his signature. There are no mechanisms to inform applicants that their construction permit has been processed. It is the responsibility of the applicant to follow up.

    14 days no charge
    6

    Request certificate of conformity and proof of development

    Agency: Directorate of Urban Planning and Habitat (DGHU)

    Once the construction is completed, the owner requests an ‘attestation de mise en valeur et de conformité’ from DGHU. This attestation validates that the construction has been built in accordance to the approved plans. To complete the attestation, DGHU will inspect the site of construction.

    The application for a certificate of conformity must be accompanied by a picture of the newly constructed building.

    1 day no charge
    7

    Receive inspection from DGHU

    Agency: Directorate of Urban Planning and Habitat (DGHU)

    1 day no charge
    8

    Obtain certificate of conformity and proof of development

    Agency: Directorate of Urban Planning and Habitat (DGHU)

    1 day no charge
    9

    Deposit request for the modification of the "proces verbal de bornage et d'arpentage" at the Cadastre

    Agency: Direction National du Cadastre

    Once a building has been completed, it must be registered at the Land Registry to have a property tile. Therefore, the “process verbal de bornage et d’arpentage” must be modified to reflect the new constructed building. A new “process verbal de bornage et d’arpentage" will be issued. This is required in order for the Land Registry to issue the property title.

    1 day no charge
    10

    Receive site inspection from the Cadastre

    Agency: Direction National du Cadastre

    1 day no charge
    11

    Obtain updated "proces verbal de bornage et d'arpentage" from the Cadastre

    Agency: Direction National du Cadastre

    3 days no charge
    12

    Request and receive updated property title from the land registry

    Agency: Department of Land Titles (Ministry of Justice)

    60 days BIF 2,500
    * 13

    Obtain water connection

    Agency: REGIDESO

    30 days BIF 500,000
    * 14

    Obtain sewage connection

    Agency: SETEMU

    15 days BIF 500,000

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 3.0
    Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 0.0
    How accessible are building laws and regulations in your economy? (0-1) Not easily accessible. 0.0
    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. 0.0
    Quality control before construction index (0-1) 0.0
    Which third-party entities are required by law to verify that the building plans are in compliance with existing building regulations? (0-1) Civil servant reviews plans. 0.0
    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. 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. 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; 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) No party is required by law to obtain insurance . 0.0
    Professional certifications index (0-4) 0.0
    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) There are no specific requirements. 0.0
    What are the qualification requirements for the professional who supervises the construction on the ground? (0-2) There are no specific requirements. 0.0