Dealing with Construction Permits in


Below is a detailed summary of the procedures, time and costs to build a warehouse in Israel. 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 189 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2015. Read the methodology.

The indicator set on dealing with construction permits was expanded in Doing Business 2016 to include the building quality control index that measures good practices in construction regulation and assesses the quality control and safety mechanisms in place for an economy’s construction permitting system, as well as the quality of the building regulations. This new index is a component indicator of the ranking on dealing with construction permits. The details are available under the "Measure of quality" tab.

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  • Estimated value of warehouse: ILS 6,519,649
  • City: Tel Aviv
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 File a request for information regarding the land
Agency: Municipality

BuildCo should file a request for information regarding the land. An updated survey of the land, signed by an authorized surveyor, should be attached to the request. The survey should be marked by the local committee engineer and sent back to BuildCo, together with the requested information.
30 days ILS 193
* 2 Obtain survey of the land and land extract by authorized surveyor
Agency: Authorized Surveyor

BuildCo must hire an authorized surveyor who inspects the site, marks the plots and gives BuildCo the survey of the land. The authorized surveyor also obtains the land extract from the Land Registry on behalf of BuildCo.
7 days ILS 1,710
3 Obtain building permit from Local Committee
Agency: Local Committee

BuildCo must file an application for a building permit. The application should be signed by:
• BuildCo
• An authorized engineer
• The planner of the frame of the building
• The person in charge of frame construction
• The person in charge of the audit

The documents obtained in the previous procedures should also be attached to the application, as should the building scheme and a schematic diagram of the construction area.

According to the Planning and Building Regulations Amendments (Request for Building Permit, Conditions and Fees) of 2014, the fee is ILS 32.72 per square meter. BuildCo must notify the regional Work Supervisor at the Local Committee and the person(s) in charge of the supervision.
135 days ILS 42,556
4 Obtain marking report from authorized surveyor
Agency: Authorized Surveyor

7 days no charge
5 Receive concrete inspection
Agency: Certified Laboratory

The concrete inspection takes place during construction. The certified laboratory can conduct several inspections during construction to test the quality of the concrete, the system of pipes, and the sanitation plans. Only three inspections are included in this case.
1 day no charge
6 Receive pipe inspection
Agency: Certified Laboratory

1 day no charge
7 Receive sanitation inspection
Agency: Certified Laboratory

1 day no charge
8 Obtain certification from certified laboratory
Agency: Certified Laboratory

BuildCo must obtain certification from a certified laboratory regarding:
• The quality of the concrete
• The pipe system
• Sanitation plans
1 day no charge
9 File an application for certificate of completion
Agency: Local Committee

An authorized engineer or architect conducts several inspections during the construction period and produces reports on the outline of the building, the foundations, the frame, and on completion of the building. These reports are submitted when filing for the certificate of completion. The application must be signed by BuildCo, the engineer, and the architect.
1 day no charge
10 Receive inspection from the Fire Department
Agency: Fire Department

1 day no charge
11 Obtain certification from the Fire Department
Agency: Fire Department

2 days no charge
12 Receive final inspection from the local authority
Agency: Local Authority

Before issuing the final certification, the local authority inspects the building.
1 day no charge
13 Obtain certification of completion
Agency: Local Authority

7 days no charge
14 Obtain occupancy certificate
Agency: Local Authority

All the documents listed in previous procedures should be attached to the application for an occupancy certificate. This certificate is required for installing water and electricity.
7 days no charge
15 Obtain water and sewage connection
Agency: Israel Water Company (MEKOROT)

The cost of installing water and sewerage connections ranges from ILS 2,000.00 to more than approximately ILS 60,000.00, depending on the specific installation requirements.
14 days ILS 57,000
  * Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.
Answer Score
Building quality control index (0-15) 11.0
Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 2.0
In what way are the building regulations (including the building code) or any regulations dealing with construction permits made available? (0-1) Available online; Free of charge. 1.0
Which requirements for obtaining a building permit are clearly specified by the building regulations or by 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) 0.0
Who is part of the committee or team that reviews and approves building permit applications in the relevant permit-issuing agency? (0-1) Civil servant reviews plans. 0.0
Quality control during construction index (0-3) 1.0
What types of inspections (if any) are required by law to be carried out during construction? (0-2) Inspections at various phases. 1.0
Do legally mandated inspections occur in practice during construction? (0-1) 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 occurs most of the time. 0.0
Liability and insurance regimes index (0-2) 2.0
Which parties (if any) are held liable by law for structural flaws or problems in the building once it is in use? (0-1)  Architect or engineer; Construction company. 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? (0-1) Insurance is commonly taken in practice. 1.0
Professional certifications index (0-4) 4.0
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; Being a registered architect or engineer. 2.0
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; Being a registered architect or engineer. 2.0

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