Dealing with Construction Permits in


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

    Obtain planning permit (permis d'attribution)

    Agency: Service des Domaines

    The planning permit (permis d'attribution) certifies that a commercial warehouse can be built on the plot of land.

    7 days no charge

    Request and obtain a recent copy of the property title

    Agency: Service des Domaines

    The certificate of ownership must be obtained 3 months before starting construction.

    5 days KMF 1,000

    Apply for building permit and request inspection to verify the survey plan (plan croquis)

    Agency: Service Topographique (Service de l'Urbanisme)

    The architect applies for the building permit and requests an inspection for the "Plan Croquis" at the same time from the Service Topographique (Service de l'Urbanisme). The surveyor will visit the land and draws the plan site.

    15 days KMF 40,000

    Receives inspection by the Commission

    Agency: Commission de l'Urbanisme

    The Commission de l'Urbanisme includes the Services des Domaines, Service de l'Urbanisme et Département des Travaux Publics. They will jointly visit the site. This visit will determine whether the land meets all the requirements and that the information provided in the documents correspond to the characteristics of the plot of land. If everything is in order, the 3 agencies approve the application and sign the document. The document is later submitted to the Prefecture for signature for final approval.

    5 days no charge

    Obtain building permit

    Agency: Préfecture d’Urbanisme, Service des Domaines

    To obtain a building permit, a dossier (including three copies of the documents) should be submitted. This dossier should include:
    • A certificat d'immatriculation, certifying the ownership of the property, not older than three months
    • Acte de vente or acte de notoriété: public documents that prove the ownership of the land
    • Plan de masse
    • Plan croquis
    • Architectural plan including: foundation plan, coupe transversal, façade principale and perspective
    • An estimation of costs

    7 days KMF 120,000

    Request and receive municipal inspection at the start of construction

    Agency: Service des Domaines

    This includes an inspection by the Municipality (services des domains). There are no unplanned or unannounced inspections. The site is inspected according to the plans submitted during the approval process.

    1 day no charge

    Request and receive final inspection once construction is completed

    Agency: Direction General des Travaux Publiques

    1 day no charge

    Obtain certificate of conformity

    Agency: Direction General des Travaux Publiques

    BuildCo must receive approval from the local authority that the warehouse has been built in compliance with the building plans submitted.

    10 days no charge

    Register the building with the Ministry of Finance (Service des Domaines)

    Agency: Service des Domaines

    7 days no charge
    * 10

    Request and obtain water connection

    Agency: MAMWE

    56 days KMF 54,750

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 4.0
    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; Fees to be paid; 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) 0.0
    What types of inspections (if any) are required by law to be carried out during construction? (0-2) . 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. 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) University degree in architecture or engineering. 0.0
    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. 0.0