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Dealing with Construction Permits in

Congo, Rep

Below is a detailed summary of the procedures, time and costs to build a warehouse in Congo, Rep. 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: BCBTP

    This is the only agency that conducts this type of study. For the purpose of the Doing Business case study, there will be “2 points de sondage.” This study is mandatory to enable the civil engineer to do the foundation plan (plan de beton arme or BA). This study must also be submitted with the request for a building permit.

    10 days XAF 1,000,000
    * 2

    Obtain survey map

    Agency: Survey Department (Direction des Cadastres)

    In Brazzaville, a normal lot is 400 sq. m. and the cost per lot is FCFA 25,000.00. The size of the lot in the Doing Business case study is 929 sq. m. which would constitute 2 lots in Brazzaville. Therefore, the total cost to obtain the cadastral map is FCFA 50,000.00.

    3 days XAF 50,000
    * 3

    Obtain a certified copy of the property title

    Agency: Notary

    According to Decree 2014-246 dated May 28, 2014, a certified copy of the property title must be submitted when requesting a building permit.

    1 day XAF 5,000
    * 4

    Hire an authorized supervision agency

    Agency: Private Firm

    According to Law 16-88 implemented on 17 September 1988, a private firm must be hired to do the technical control for certain types of building. The case study of Doing Business will fall under the category requiring this Bureau de Controle.

    1 day XAF 813,628
    5

    Request and obtain the building permit

    Agency: Mayor’s Office, Brazzaville

    The building permit is obtained after notifying the cadastre and curator (conservateur). The required documents to obtain a building permit are the following:
    • Occupation permit or land title
    • Survey abstract
    • Very large-scale boundary plan, drawn up by the Lands and Survey Department (Direction du Cadastre et de la Topographie)
    • Sketches and drawings of the proposed works, produced by an architect or a certified draftsman
    • Building permit application (handwritten)
    • Authorization for the cutting and clearing of trees, if necessary
    • Certification of party walls (walls shared by tenants of adjoining buildings)
    • A certified undertaking to build and maintain streets adjoining the elevations

    Once deposited at the municipality, the files will be internally transmitted to the Ministry of Construction, Urbanism and Habitat for technical analysis of the request.

    Within 1 -2 weeks, the Ministry will deliver the Accord prealable for an amount of FCFA 25,000.00. This Ministry will conduct an on-site visit and once the final approval is given, the file will be transmitted back to the Municipality for the issuance of the final permit.

    Payment is done at the Municipality only after the permit is approved. The fee is FCFA 450,000.00 for the Commune de Brazzaville.

    45 days XAF 450,000
    6

    Receive an inspection from the Fire Department

    Agency: Fire Department of Brazzaville

    This is a mandatory requirement for safety purposes. BuildCo must call the Fire Department to request the inspection, but the Fire Department will visit the construction site regularly (nothing is scheduled and there are not a lot of inspections done). A certificate of conformity will be issued at the end of the construction by the Fire Department.

    1 day no charge
    7

    Request and receive final inspection

    Agency: Ministry of Construction, Urbanism and Habitat

    A final inspection is conducted to verify that the finished building is in compliance with the approved plans.

    1 day no charge
    8

    Obtain a certificate of conformity from the Fire Department

    Agency: Fire Department of Brazzaville

    There is a two-step inspection to verify that the electrical work is in conformity to the approved plan: there is a first inspection and then a second opinion is necessary to ensure that the first inspection was done properly. This is done by a private company.

    15 days XAF 130,000
    9

    Register the building with the Direction Générale des Impôts

    Agency: Direction Générale des Impôts -Conservation des Hypothèques et de la Propriété Foncière

    Once the building is completed and the certificate from the Fire Department is obtained, the building must be registered with the Land Registry to finalize the property title (transcription). The cost of this transaction as set by law is 5% of the market value of the property.

    15 days XAF 1,338,105
    * 10

    Request water connection

    Agency: Société Nationale de Distribution d'Eau

    1 day no charge
    11

    Receive inspection for water estimate

    Agency: Société Nationale de Distribution d'Eau

    A cost estimate (devis) is needed for a water connection.

    1 day no charge
    12

    Obtain connection to water mains

    Agency: Société Nationale de Distribution d'Eau

    The cost for such procedures are estimated as follows:
    • Study = FCFA 5,000.00
    • Connection = FCFA 25,000.00
    • Fixed cost = FCFA 28,200.00
    • Labor = FCFA 15,000.00

    76 days XAF 73,200

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 9.0
    Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 0.5
    How accessible are building laws and regulations in your economy? (0-1) Free of charge; Not easily accessible. 0.5
    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) 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 engineer. 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; Unscheduled inspections; 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) 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) 1.5
    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)  Construction company. 0.5
    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 ; Construction company. 1.0
    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; Passing a certification exam. 1.0