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Dealing with Construction Permits in

Central African Republic

Below is a detailed summary of the procedures, time and costs to build a warehouse in Central African Republic. 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

    Request and obtain a building permit

    Agency: Urban Planning Authority (Direction de l’Urbanisme), Building Permit Service

    The application file is transmitted to the following agencies for review and approval:
    • Urban Planning Authority (Direction de L’Urbanisme), for assurance of compliance with urban planning regulations
    • Cadastral Office, for review of the cadastral excerpts
    • Municipal Public Roads Office (Service de Voirie), for water supply and sanitary conditions
    • Land Registry (Direction des Domaines), for the verification of property registration.

    In practice, a commission (with a representative from each agency) meets to review the file at the same time. If the architect is diligent and closely follows up on the application status, the permit can be obtained in 30 days. By law, the official deadline is 30 days. Once the 30 days have passed, BuildCo requests a provisional authorization while awaiting the Ministry of Housing (Ministre de l’Habitat) decree that grants the building permit.

    90 days XAF 209,200
    * 2

    Request and receive a provisional authorization upon expiration of the 30-day deadline

    Agency: Urban Planning Authority (Direction de l’Urbanisme), Building Permit Service

    20 days no charge
    3

    Request an inspection of earthwork from the Urban Planning Authority

    Agency: Urban Planning Authority (Direction de l’Urbanisme), Building Permit Service

    1 day no charge
    4

    Receive inspection of earthwork

    Agency: Urban Planning Authority (Direction de l’Urbanisme), Building Permit Service

    The inspection takes place within a week of notification.

    1 day no charge
    5

    Request an inspection of foundation work from the Urban Planning Authority

    Agency: Urban Planning Authority (Direction de l’Urbanisme), Building Permit Service

    1 day no charge
    6

    Receive foundation inspection and obtain clearance to continue with construction

    Agency: Urban Planning Authority (Direction de l’Urbanisme), Building Permit Service

    The inspection takes place within a week of notification.

    7 days no charge
    7

    Request an inspection of concrete work from the Urban Planning Authority

    Agency: Urban Planning Authority (Direction de l’Urbanisme), Building Permit Service

    1 day no charge
    8

    Receive inspection of concrete work and obtain clearance to continue with construction

    Agency: Urban Planning Authority (Direction de l’Urbanisme), Building Permit Service

    21 days no charge
    9

    Receive labor inspection

    Agency: Labor Ministry

    In principle, the labor inspector may visit the site at any time. In practice, BuildCo may be inspected twice.

    1 day no charge
    10

    Receive labor inspection

    Agency: Labor Ministry

    1 day no charge
    11

    Request and receive final inspection upon completion of construction

    Agency: Building Permit Commission

    The inspection takes place any time from 1 to 30 days after the notification of completion of construction.

    1 day no charge
    * 12

    Request water connection

    Agency: Société de Distribution d’Eaux en Centrafrique (SODECA)

    1 day XAF 4,060
    13

    Receive on-site visit for water cost estimate

    Agency: Société de Distribution d’Eaux en Centrafrique (SODECA)

    Upon submitting the application dossier, the applicant arranges for an on-site visit to take measurements, establish the technical specifications, and estimate the cost. The cost estimate is provided to the client 2 days later. In principle, there are no fees. Because transportation is generally unavailable, to expedite the work, a client may pay for the transportation cost (about FCFA 2,000.00 -- FCFA 5,000.00).

    1 day no charge
    14

    Obtain water connection

    Agency: Société de Distribution d’Eaux en Centrafrique (SODECA)

    Payment occurs after the cost estimate, and the connection follows immediately. If the applicant does not follow up on the application, obtaining the connection and service may take up to 3 months.

    73 days XAF 188,210
    * 15

    Obtain inspection certificate

    Agency: Building Permit Commission

    37 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) 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; Available only on request. 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) 1.0
    What types of inspections (if any) are required by law to be carried out during construction? (0-2) Inspections at various phases; No inspections are legally required during construction. 1.0
    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. 0.0
    Liability and insurance regimes index (0-2) 0.0
    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)  No party is held liable under the law. 0.0
    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) 2.0
    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) University degree in engineering, construction or construction management; Being a registered architect or engineer. 1.0