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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.

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  • Measure of efficiency
    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. Since this procedure is actioned by the previous one, and it is done by the same organization, it can be simultaneous.
    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

    Once the building permit is obtained, BuildCo will request a marking report from an authorized surveyor. This marking report is to reflect the footprint of the building on the land.

    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

    Reception of Pipes inspection only after the other inspection have been conducted.
    1 day no charge
    7

    Receive sanitation inspection

    Agency: Certified Laboratory

    This inspection is conducted when the pipes one has been done. Since one needs the clearance from the previous procedure, this one cannot be a simultaneous one.
    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
    This can only be requested once the construction of the aforementioned items is completed.
    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. This filing can only be processed after the certified laboratory has granted its certification.
    1 day no charge
    10

    Receive inspection from the Fire Department

    Agency: Fire Department

    The inspection from the Fire Department happens only when the certificate of completion has been granted.
    1 day no charge
    11

    Obtain certification from the Fire Department

    Agency: Fire Department

    The certification of the Fire Department inspection only happens when the inspection took place.
    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

    Final inspection is conducted.
    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)

    Only once the occupancy certificate is granted one can request and obtain the water and sewage connection.
    14 days ILS 57,000

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 13.0
    Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 2.0
    How accessible are building laws and regulations in your economy? (0-1) Available online; Free of charge. 1.0
    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; Required preapprovals. 1.0
    Quality control before construction index (0-1) 0.0
    Which third-party entities are required by law to verify that the building plans are in compliance with existing building regulations? (0-1) Civil servant reviews plans. 0.0
    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 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. 2.0
    Do legally mandated final inspections occur in practice? (0-1) Final inspection always occurs in practice; Final inspection occurs most of the time. 1.0
    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 (Latent Defect Liability or Decennial Liability)? (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 (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) 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