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Ease of Doing Business in

Fiji

Fiji Download Profile (1740.7KB, pdf)
Region East Asia & Pacific
Income Category Upper middle income
Population 892,145
GNI Per Capita (US$) 4,800
City covered Suva

190

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DB 2017 Rank

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100

DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 97 84 down
13
60.71 62.47 down
1.76
Starting a Business 159 166 up
7
73.13 68.18 up
4.95
Dealing with Construction Permits 101 100 down
1
67.88 67.85 up
0.03
Getting Electricity 82 79 down
3
71.92 71.26 up
0.66
Registering Property 55 55
-
71.86 71.86
-
Getting Credit 157 78 down
79
25.00 50.00 down
25.00
Protecting Minority Investors 106 108 up
2
50.00 48.33 up
1.67
Paying Taxes 110 108 down
2
67.55 67.46 up
0.09
Trading across Borders 75 76 up
1
77.57 77.57
-
Enforcing Contracts 86 84 down
2
58.44 58.44
-
Resolving Insolvency 90 87 down
3
43.75 43.76 down
0.01

Positive= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business.Negative= Change making it more difficult to do business.

DB 2017 Rank:

101

DB 2016 Rank:

100

Change in Rank:

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DB 2017 DTF (% points):

67.88

DB 2016 DTF (% points):

67.85

Change in DTF (% points):

up0.03

STANDARDIZED WAREHOUSE
Estimated value of warehouse FJD 486,441
City Suva
Indicator Fiji East Asia & Pacific OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 15 15.0 12.1
Time (days) info_outline 141 134.1 152.1
Cost (% of warehouse value) info_outline 0.4 2.1 1.6
Building quality control index (0-15) info_outline 7 8.7 11.3
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
    1

    Obtain a set of design requirements and conditions of development

    Agency: Suva City Council

    1 day no charge
    2

    Obtain project pre-approval from the National Fire Authority

    Agency: National Fire Authority (NAF)

    4 copies of the building structural and architectural plans must be submitted. A form is completed by the architect (download from Internet) to request the approval of the safety structure of the building. Payment is made by check, cash or direct deposit.
    Once the inspection is done, the architect will collect 3 copies, all duly stamped by the NFA. 1 copy will be kept by NFA for their record.

    21 days FJD 65
    * 3

    Obtain project pre-approval from the Department of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

    Agency: Department of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

    The cost is FJD 110.00 per hour of work. For the Doing Business case study, the agency would require 1 hour of work.

    7 days FJD 110
    * 4

    Obtain project pre-approval from the Water Authority of Fiji

    Agency: Water Authority of Fiji (WAF)

    7 days no charge
    5

    Request and obtain development permission from the Suva City Council

    Agency: Suva City Council

    This application, also known as the town planning form, must be accompanied by general building plans (three copies), specifications and detailed structural drawings (two copies), and the locality plan (three copies).

    20 days no charge
    6

    Request and obtain building permit with the Suva City Council and pay building permit fee

    Agency: Suva City Council

    The application should be accompanied by the development permission (three copies), the locality plan (one copy), building plans (three copies), specifications (two copies), and copy of title plan. The plans are reviewed by the following Suva City Council staff: a structural engineer, civil engineer, health department, and city planner.

    The fee is paid at the time of permit application and is calculated on the project value: FJD 88.00 for construction projects of up to FJD 20,000.00 plus FJD 2.20 for every FJD 1,000.00, or part of thereof, in excess of FJD 20,000.

    In theory, Suva City Council carries out Procedures 3 -- 5, but in most cases, to expedite the process, the applicant visits the relevant authorities in person.

    60 days FJD 1,114
    * 7

    Submit the EIA screening application to the Department of Environment

    Agency: Department of Environment

    The form must have attached to it a locality plan sufficient to identify the land or premises to which the proposal relates and any other information, plans or drawings needed to describe the proposed development.

    7 days FJD 250
    8

    Notify the Engineering Department of Suva City Council about completion of foundation work and receive inspection

    Agency: Suva City Council (Engineering Department)

    The inspection needs to be requested 1 day in advance and the inspectors come to inspect on the following day. It does not delay the construction process.

    1 day no charge
    9

    Notify the Engineering Department about setup of the structure and receive inspection

    Agency: Suva City Council (Engineering Department)

    The inspection needs to be requested 1 day in advance and the inspectors come to inspect on the following day. It does not delay the construction process.

    1 day no charge
    10

    Notify the Engineering Department about completion of the roof and receive inspection

    Agency: Suva City Council (Engineering Department)

    The inspection needs to be requested 1 day in advance and the inspectors come to inspect on the following day. It does not delay the construction process.

    1 day no charge
    11

    Notify the Engineering Department about completion of the project and receive inspection

    Agency: Suva City Council (Engineering Department)

    1 day no charge
    12

    Receive final inspection from National Fire Authority

    Agency: National Fire Authority (NAF)

    The NFA is notified by the architect one day before the final inspection is required. Inspections are carried out on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. The NFA will issue a report that must be submitted when requesting the final inspection by the City Council. There is no cost for the final inspection. NFA will inspect the building on an annual basis.

    5 days no charge
    * 13

    Receive final inspection from local authority and obtain occupancy permit

    Agency: Local Authority

    Both the Engineering and Health Department will inspect the warehouse after construction. The request is done by phone 24 hours prior to the visit. This inspection is required for the certificate of completion. Several documents must be provided in order to receive the inspection report:
    1. A letter from the plumber certifying that the plumbing is done in accordance with the law
    2. Final report from the NFA
    3. Letter from the architect
    4. Letter from the electrician
    5. Letter from the engineer who designed the structural plans

    3 days no charge
    * 14

    Receive plumbing and sanitary inspection from Water Authority of Fiji (WAF)

    Agency: Water Authority of Fiji (WAF)

    This inspection is carried out during construction. The plumber and electrician must be present on the construction site, so that they can address any issues, if any.

    1 day no charge
    15

    Obtain water and sewage connection from Water Authority of Fiji (WAF)

    Agency: Water Authority of Fiji (WAF)

    The cost cited here is for commercial real estate.

    30 days FJD 400

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 7.0
    Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 0.0
    How accessible are building laws and regulations in your economy? (0-1) They must be purchased; 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. 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 in-house engineer; 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) 3.0
    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; Yes, in-house engineer submits report for final inspection. 2.0
    Do legally mandated final inspections occur in practice? (0-1) Final inspection always occurs in practice. 1.0
    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)  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 ; Insurance is commonly taken in practice. 1.0
    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) Being a registered architect or engineer. 0.0
    What are the qualification requirements for the professional who supervises the construction on the ground? (0-2) Being a registered architect or engineer. 0.0