Israel

Dealing with Construction Permits in

Israel

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 2014. Read the methodology.

The indicator set on dealing with construction permits will be expanded in Doing Business 2016 to include an index that will measure good practices in construction regulation and assess 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 will become a component indicator of the ranking on dealing with construction permits. The new data were collected for 170 economies in 2014 and is available under the “Methodology Expansion” tab, below. The data are preliminary and do not have any impact on the Ease of Doing Business 2015 rankings. This data may differ from what will be published in Doing Business 2016.

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  • STANDARDIZED WAREHOUSE

  • Estimated cost of construction: ILS 6,402,277
  • 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
Building code/regulations
Which requirements to obtain a building permit are clearly specified by the building regulations (including the building code), any regulations dealing with construction permits or any accessible website, brochure or pamphlet? List of required documents to submit; Fees to be paid; Required preapprovals by all relevant agencies
Where are the building regulations (including the building code) or any regulations dealing with construction permits accessible? Available online; Available free of charge at permit-issuing authority
Quality control before construction
Which entities are required to verify that the architectural plans/drawings for a private construction are in compliance with existing building regulations? National order of architects/engineers; Government agency
Who is part of the committee or team that reviews and approves building permit applications in the relevant permit-issuing agency? Licensed architect; Licensed engineer
Quality control during construction
What type of mandatory inspections (if any) are required by law to be carried out during construction? Unscheduled inspections; Inspections at certain stages of construction
Do legally mandated inspections occur in practice during construction? Mandatory inspections are done most of the time.
Quality control after construction
Is there a final inspection required by law to verify that the building was built in accordance with the approved plans and existing building regulations or is a final report / sign-off required by a supervising engineer? Yes
Do legally mandated final inspections occur in practice? Final inspection is done in practice.
Liability/insurance regimes
Which parties (if any) are held liable by law for structural flaws/problems in the building once it is in usage? Architect or engineer; Professional or Agency in charge of the supervision; The construction company
Which parties (if any) are required to obtain an insurance policy to cover possible structural flaws/problems in the building once it is in usage? Legislation is silent on this issue.
Professional certification and controls
What are the qualification requirements for the architect or engineer in charge of verifying that the architectural plans/drawings are in compliance with existing building regulations? Minimum number of years of practical experience; University degree in architecture or engineering; Be a registered architect or engineer; Pass a certification exam
What are the qualification requirements for the professional who supervises the construction on the ground? Minimum number of years of practical experience; University degree in engineering, construction or construction management; Be a registered architect or engineer; Pass a certification exam; Be a building services engineer

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