Ease of Doing Business in


Latvia Download Profile (1740.9KB, pdf)
Region Europe & Central Asia
Income Category High income
Population 1,978,440
GNI Per Capita (US$) 14,900
City covered Riga



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DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 14 17 up
80.61 79.14 down
Starting a Business 22 20 down
94.15 94.15
Dealing with Construction Permits 23 20 down
78.93 78.94 down
Getting Electricity 42 57 up
82.14 78.99 up
Registering Property 23 23
81.87 81.87
Getting Credit 7 19 up
85.00 75.00 up
Protecting Minority Investors 42 40 down
63.33 63.33
Paying Taxes 15 16 up
89.79 88.84 up
Trading across Borders 25 25
95.26 95.26
Enforcing Contracts 23 23
71.66 71.66
Resolving Insolvency 44 43 down
63.95 63.39 up

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Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 15.2
Name of utility Sadales Tikls
City Riga
Indicator Latvia Europe & Central Asia OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 4 5.6 4.8
Time (days) info_outline 107 112.3 76.2
Cost (% of income per capita) info_outline 289.6 375.5 62.5
Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8) info_outline 7 5.2 7.5
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    Submit application to Sadales Tikls and await estimate and technical conditions

    Agency: Sadales tikls AS

    A filled in form of “Application for Connection to Electricity Network” has to be submitted at any Sadales tīkls AS Customer Service Centre. Any Customer Service Centre provides detailed information on the procedure of the document submission and getting a new connection. In order to speed up the connection procedure the application may be sent by e-mail or post. The application form and the attached Agreement on the Procedure of Establishing Connection with Electric Facilities and Construction Design are also available electronically on Sadales tīkls AS homepage at www.sadalestikls.lv and can be filled in and if necessary printed out. The application form contains information on the additional documents to be submitted together with the form. A document confirming the right of the person to sign the application; a copy of the Registration Certificate; a copy of the Tax payer Certificate; a copy of location map (land boundary map or location layout); a copy of the document confirming the title to real property or the rights to use the respective property; a copy of construction plan approved by Construction Board; and other documents if needed may be attached to the application. If site inspection by DSO is necessary to prepare an evaluation of connection there usually is no need for the participation of customer. After the application has been registered according to the "Regulations On System Connection for Electricity System Participants", Sadales tīkls AS estimates the potential costs of establishing the connection and informs the customer. Sadales tīkls AS drafts the technical regulations for the connection. There is no additional inspection required, however the customer submits a certificate on the internal wiring to DSO before the final connection of his equipment

    14 calendar days EUR 0

    Hire electrical design firm to obtain topographical assessment, design external connection and get design approved

    Agency: Electrical design firm

    The customer needs to hire an electrical design firm that prepares the design of the external connection works (electrical installation designer, certified expert-electrician). The electrical design firm is getting the design approved by the utility and by other stakeholders, for example the people living in the area of the connection and all other parties that are affected by the connection. This approval process is done entirely by the design firm as it involves technical knowledge. The customer is not involved in the approval process. In order to have the design approved, the customer needs to have a topographic assessment of the area which is obtained by the electrical design firm. The design of the connection and the approval go hand in hand with the utility, it is happening at the same time, as the utility is being consulted during the process of the design.

    60 calendar days EUR 1,422.9

    Await completion of external works by utility's subcontractor

    Agency: Sadales tikls AS

    After the connection agreement has been concluded and the connection payment made, Sadales tīkls AS organizes the connection construction works up to the borders of the belonging of the customer's electrical installation. The utility hires an electrical contractor. In order to do so, the utility is organizing a public tender to award the external connection works to a private firm. The utility usually has all material on stock and gives the material to the firm that does the connection works. The utility can have material for a better price, as they buy the material in large quantities and keep stock for about a year. The customer is paying the cost for the works and the material directly to the utility. Once the connection works are finished, the electrical contractor makes some tests of the connection and sends the results to the utility for approval.

    After completing external connection works, Sadales tīkls AS signs an agreement on the use of the distribution network with the customer. The customer confirms that the internal wiring of the warehouse conforms with existing technical standards and, if he agrees with the terms of the contract, signs and sends both documents to the Sadales tīkls AS. After a few days, the controlling engineer/electrician from Sadales tīkls AS inspects the constructed electrical network connection, installs the meter and seals the meter chains and connects the customer’s electrical installation to the electrical network.

    33 calendar days EUR 34,149.6
    * 4

    Sign electricity supply contract with electricity retailer

    Agency: Sadales tikls AS

    Before the customer's electrical installation is connected to the electrical network, the customer has to sign a contract of electricity supply with any electricity retailer operating in Riga.

    3 calendar days EUR 0

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8)
    Total duration and frequency of outages per customer a year (0-3)
    System average interruption duration index (SAIDI) 0.92
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) 0.49
    Mechanisms for monitoring outages (0-1)
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to monitor outages? Yes
    Mechanisms for restoring service (0-1)
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to restore service? Yes
    Regulatory monitoring (0-1)
    Does a regulator—that is, an entity separate from the utility—monitor the utility’s performance on reliability of supply? Yes
    Financial deterrents aimed at limiting outages (0-1)
    Does the utility either pay compensation to customers or face fines by the regulator (or both) if outages exceed a certain cap? No
    Communication of tariffs and tariff changes (0-1)
    Are effective tariffs available online? Yes
    Link to the website, if available online http://www.sadalestikls.lv/files/newnode/tarifieur/majas%20lapa_tarifi_ENG....
    Are customers notified of a change in tariff ahead of the billing cycle? Yes
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 15.2


    If the duration and frequency of outages is 100 or less, the economy is eligible to score on the Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index.

    If the duration and frequency of outages is not available, or is over 100, the economy is not eligible to score on the index.