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Dealing with Construction Permits in

Gambia, The

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

    Consult and purchase the application for development permit (Form 1)

    Agency: Department for Physical Planning and Housing (DPPH)

    The application is requested by the Department of Physical Planning. Companies often consult with the authorities about the project.

    1 day no charge
    2

    Submit development permit application

    Agency: Department for Physical Planning and Housing (DPPH)

    The application for a development permit consists of:
    • Form 1
    • Drawings (three sets)
    • Evidence of ownership

    The application must be submitted with three complete set of drawings. After the development permit is issued, one set of drawings will be returned to the owner, and this set of approved plans must be kept at the building site, open to inspection by the authorities. The owner must also show evidence of ownership (photocopy of the title deed, lease document or certificate of occupancy), or land tax payment for land owners.

    The cost since January 2008 has been GMD 10.00 per sq. m. and GMD 15.00 for the form.

    1 day GMD 13,021
    3

    Obtain development permit from Development Control Unit (Form 2)

    Agency: Development Control Unit (Department of State for Local Government)

    Upon scrutinizing evidence of land ownership, land use, and building plans, the Planning Authority approves the application, and the Development Control Unit issues a development permit, which consists of the following:
    • Form 2
    • Approved plans, stamped and signed (one set)
    • Form 4, Commencement notice. The developer must complete and send Form 4 to the Department of Physical Planning before starting any construction work
    • Form 9, Notice of completion

    The authority does not have an official fee schedule. The Development Control Regulations were adopted in 1995 and have not been altered since then. Lack of time-limits for this procedure exacerbates the fact that applicants must constantly follow up. In principle, the Planning Authority should be notified of the commencement of the construction works, but this does not happen in practice.

    28 days no charge
    4

    Submit Commencement Form (Form 4) to the Department for Physical Planning and Housing (DPPH)

    Agency: Department for Physical Planning and Housing (DPPH)

    At the beginning of the construction works, the Department of Physical Planning should be notified. The developer must fill out Form 4 and send it to the Department for Physical Planning and Housing (DPPH)

    1 day no charge
    5

    Receive inspection - I

    Agency: Development Control Unit (Department of State for Local Government)

    The Department of State for Local Government has the right to inspect during construction. Often the inspection will occur if there is a problem reported or if the department suspects that the developer did not pay all the required fees. BuildCo does not need to request the inspection. There will be on average 2 inspections during the construction period.

    1 day no charge
    6

    Receive inspection - II

    Agency: Development Control Unit (Department of State for Local Government)

    The Department of State for Local Government has the right to inspect during construction. Often the inspection will occur if there is a problem reported or if the department suspects that the developer did not pay all the required fees. BuildCo does not need to request the inspection. There will be on average 2 inspections during the construction period.

    1 day no charge
    7

    Submit Form 9 to request the certificate of completion

    Agency: Development Control Unit (Department of State for Local Government)

    At the end of the construction works, the Planning Authority must be notified. The developer must fill out Form 9 and send it to the Development Control Unit. The Authority would then come out to the construction site to issue a certificate of completion. This step is not widely done in practice; however some companies do follow this requirement.

    1 day no charge
    8

    Receive final inspection

    Agency: Development Control Unit (Department of State for Local Government)

    1 day no charge
    9

    Obtain certificate of completion

    Agency: Development Control Unit (Department of State for Local Government)

    The certificate of completion is needed to obtain a water connection. There is no need to update the property title for the inclusion of the building.

    35 days no charge
    10

    Request water connection approval from NAWEC - Water Department

    Agency: National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC)

    The developer must apply to the National Water and Electricity Company for the water and sewage connection. Moreover, the developer must complete the works down to, and including, a manhole within 3 meters of the plot boundary nearest to the sewer. After the application for the water and sewage connection, the water and electricity utility performs an inspection. The application fee is deducted from the connection fee.

    1 day GMD 500
    11

    Receive inspection from NAWEC - Water Department

    Agency: National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC)

    1 day no charge
    12

    Obtain connection to water services from NAWEC - Water Department

    Agency: National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC)

    72 days GMD 8,200

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 4.5
    Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 1.5
    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; Fees to be paid; Required preapprovals. 1.0
    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) 0.0
    What types of inspections (if any) are required by law to be carried out during construction? (0-2) Unscheduled inspections. 0.0
    Do legally mandated inspections occur in practice during construction? (0-1) Mandatory inspections are not always done in practice during construction; Mandatory inspections are done most of the time 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; Final inspection occurs most of the time. 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) 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