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Dealing with Construction Permits in

Guinea-Bissau

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

    Submit plans to Municipality and obtain approval

    Agency: Municipality

    BuildCo must submit the architectural, structural, and sanitary plans, along with a liability statement from the architect who produced the plans and a request from the landowner. The City Council meets every week to approve the plans. However, due to a backlog it takes on average 45 days for approval. For the plans to be approved, BuildCo must continuously follow up on the status of the process with the Municipality. The Plan Approval Commission meets every Friday. The Commission may revise the plans (especially the structural plan), but the plans hardly ever need to be resubmitted.

    In the pre-approval stage, it is not required to submit approved technical conditions from the water and sewerage, telephone, and electricity services to the Municipality.

    After the plans are approved, BuildCo must pay for the issuance of the building permit. The approval is done in the previous procedure. Therefore it does not take more than a day.

    The company can request a permit for 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year. It is cheaper to request a 3-month permit and request renewals. The cost of the license depends on the construction duration, area, and perimeter.

    As soon BuildCo obtains the building permit, construction can start without any notification from the authorities.

    45 days XOF 200,000
    2

    Receive inspection from Municipality - I

    Agency: Municipality

    The Municipality establishes the land boundaries at the beginning of construction. It is normal for the municipal inspector to visit the site to check whether there is a building permit and whether acceptable construction practices are being followed. On average, the company should expect three inspections during the whole cycle. No prior request is required.

    1 day no charge
    3

    Receive inspection from Municipality - II

    Agency: Municipality

    The second inspection carried out by the Municipality. It can be carried out anytime during the construction phase.

    1 day no charge
    4

    Receive inspection from Municipality - III

    Agency: Municipality

    The third inspection carried out by the Municipality. It can be carried out anytime during the construction phase.

    1 day no charge
    5

    Request and obtain approval of water plans from EAGB

    Agency: EAGB

    The full process from obtaining approval of the plans (both for water and electricity) until the connection is completed takes 2 -- 3 weeks if BuildCo follows up consistently. Otherwise it takes 1 -- 1.5 months. The approvals for water and electricity connection can be requested simultaneously, but they are processed by different institutions: the State Secretariat of Energy for Electricity and the EAGB for water. The applications for water and electricity are both submitted to the EAGB. There are inspections for both water and electricity.

    5 days no charge
    6

    Receive water inspection from EAGB

    Agency: EAGB

    Once the water request EAGB has been done, BuildCo. receives an inspection in order to assess the conditions for water connection.

    1 day no charge
    7

    Connect to water services from EAGB

    Agency: EAGB

    On average, three weeks after the inspection has been conducted, BuildCo. receives a water connection from the utility company.

    24 days no charge
    * 8

    Request the occupancy permit

    Agency: Municipality

    For BuildCo to obtain an occupancy permit, the law requires the Municipality to visit the building at the end of construction to check whether it was built according to plan. It will then issue an occupancy permit.

    1 day no charge
    9

    Receive inspection for the occupancy permit

    Agency: Municipality

    Upon request to the Municipality, BuildCo. receives an inspection in order to assess the conditions to obtain the occupancy permit.

    7 days no charge
    10

    Obtain occupancy permit

    Agency: Section of Vistory and Technical Fiscalization

    After the inspection has been conducted, BuildCo. receives the occupancy permit.

    1 day XOF 769,955
    11

    Register new building with the Land Registry

    Agency: Land Registry

    With the occupancy permit BuildCo. can register the new warehouse in the Land Registry.

    30 days XOF 1,303,352

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 6.5
    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 architect; 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 always done in practice. 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) 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) 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) Minimum number of years of experience; University degree in architecture or engineering. 1.0
    What are the qualification requirements for the professional who supervises the construction on the ground? (0-2) Minimum number of years of experience; University degree in engineering, construction or construction management. 1.0