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Dealing with Construction Permits in

Equatorial Guinea

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

    Buy stamped paper

    Agency: Municipality

    Building permit and water connection applications to the Municipality must be made on stamped paper.

    1 day XAF 4,000
    2

    Request authorization for building permit at the Municipality

    Agency: Municipality

    The permit application includes all architectural and building plans, measurements, and cost assessments. The application must be submitted on stamped paper. The file is forwarded for review to the Technical Office and subsequently passed to the mayor for signature. If the Technical Office has doubts that the proposed project budget fits the project size and nature, a site visit might be undertaken. This can only be done with the stamped paper.

    15 days no charge
    3

    Pay fees at the bank and obtain payment receipt

    Agency: Commercial Bank

    Payment can be made only after the approval of the dossier.

    1 day XAF 1,799,914
    4

    Deposit payment receipt at the Municipality

    Agency: Municipality

    After the payment is done, the voucher should be presented at the Municipality.

    1 day no charge
    5

    Obtain building permit

    Agency: Municipality

    After the Municipality receives the payment receipt, the dossier is authorized again and finally signed by the mayor. This procedure cannot be simultaneous with the previous one.

    30 days no charge
    6

    Receive inspection from the Municipality

    Agency: Municipality

    Inspections are random and occur during construction. A final inspection or occupancy permit is not required. However, it is important to stress that this can only happen during the construction period, once the building permit was granted.

    1 day no charge
    7

    Request authorization for water connection

    Agency: Municipality

    The water connection is undertaken by the Municipality. As with the building permit application, the application must be made on stamped paper. This request is done once the construction is finalized.

    14 days XAF 75,000
    * 8

    Pay for water connection

    Agency: Commercial Bank

    A payment receipt is required to obtain authorization for the water connection. This procedure is enabled whenever the request has been made. It can be paid at a commercial bank, not at the Municipality.

    1 day no charge
    9

    Deposit proof of payment and obtain final payment receipt from Municipality

    Agency: Municipality

    The payment is made only after the request is made.

    1 day no charge
    10

    Obtain authorization for water connection

    Agency: Municipality

    After the fees are paid, the Mayor's office approves the application for water connection. As a result this cannot be a simultaneous with the previous one.

    14 days no charge
    11

    Receive connection to water services

    Agency: Municipality

    Once the authorization is obtained, municipal engineers connect the building to the network.

    45 days no charge
    12

    Request and obtain an engineer's assessment of property

    Agency: Private Engineer

    An assessment by an external engineer is made once the utilities connection are in place.

    14 days XAF 200,000
    13

    Register the building

    Agency: Property Registry

    Building registration is not required but is advised. Fees refer to official fees, as published in the Law of Fiscal Fees (Ley de Tazas Fiscales). The fee is 3% of the value of warehouse construction. This happens once the assessment has been made.

    7 days XAF 5,399,741

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 1.0
    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) Available only on request. 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) Unscheduled inspections; 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) 0.0
    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) Final inspection is not required by law. 0.0
    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; Professional in charge of the supervision; Construction company; Owner or investor. 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