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Dealing with Construction Permits in

Mauritius

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

    Obtain plan approval from the Central Water Authority (CWA)

    Agency: Central Water Authority (CWA)

    In this procedure BuildCo. submits the drawings and the volume required for the water installation. As it is the first procedure, it cannot be simultaneous with any other one.

    15 days MUR 250
    * 2

    Obtain plan approval from the WasteWater Management Authority (WMA)

    Agency: WasteWater Management Authority (WMA)

    It is mandatory to obtain a building sewerage clearance before requesting a building and land-use permit. Two sets of building plans must be submitted to either the Port-Louis Sewerage office for buildings in Port-Louis and in the northern parts of the island or Beau-Bassin sewerage office for buildings in upper and lower Plaines-Wilhems and the southern parts of the island.

    An acknowledgement is issued upon receipt of the documents and a clearance will be issued within 15 days. Since this procedure is processed in a different institution as the previous one, it can be a simultaneous one.


    15 days MUR 800
    * 3

    Obtain fire safety clearance

    Agency: Fire Department

    This procedure is cleared by the Central Electrical Board (CEB). Since this procedure is processed in a different institution as the previous one, it can be a simultaneous one.

    14 days MUR 250
    * 4

    Obtain plan approval from the Central Electricity Board (CEB)

    Agency: Central Electricity Board (CEB)

    The procedure of obtaining the plan approval consists of a notification and a check that all the requirements have been met, rather than an approval per se. Approvals from the utility companies and the Fire Department are a prerequisite for the building and land-use permit. Since this procedure is processed in a different institution as the previous one, it can be a simultaneous one.

    10 days MUR 375
    5

    Obtain building and land use permit

    Agency: Local Authority (Municipality)

    As of October 1, 2006, a single permit, the building and land-use permit (BLP), has replaced both the development permit and the building permit. The authority for execution and enforcement of the Building Act and of the Town and Country Planning Act is the local authority of the town or district where the relevant establishment is to be built or the land to be developed.

    Every application for a building and land-use permit must be in accordance with provisions of the Building Act, the Town and Country Planning Act, and the Planning and Development Act of 2004. The following documents are required in addition to the application:

    • Copy of the title deed or copy of the lease and planning clearance from the Ministry of Housing and Lands if for state land
    • Consent of owner and copy of the owner’s national identity card
    • Copy of the national identity card of the applicant
    • Three sets of plans, comprising site and location plans, layout, elevations, and sections
    • Public notification by way of plate display and notice in two daily newspapers (for development within residential zones)
    • Consent of neighbors (not required in this case because it is industrial). Consent is required if the distance between the new building and neighboring constructions is less than 1 meter for one-story buildings and 1.5 meters for two-story buildings.
    • PER/environmental impact assessment (EIA) license for scheduled undertakings: The PER is for small projects, while the EIA is for larger ones with a potential environmental impact. Neither applies to the warehouse assessed in the Doing Business case study.
    • All plans must be signed by the draughtsman for buildings of less than 250 sq. m. in floor area and must include the name and address. The total floor area is to be indicated on the site plan, while the floor area for each level is to be indicated on the corresponding floor plans
    • For buildings of 150 sq. m. or more in floor area, all plans are to be signed by a registered professional architect, including the architect’s name, address, VAT registration number, and registration number with the Professional Architects Council. The total floor area is to be indicated on the site plan, while the floor area for each level is to be indicated on the corresponding floor plans. The application form can be obtained from the Planning Department of any local authority, Small Enterprises and Handicraft Development Authority (SEHDA), the Board of Investment, or the Ministry of Local Government, or it can be downloaded from various Web sites, including the Web sites of the agencies mentioned above.

    In accordance with the Local Government Act 2011, applications for the building and land-use permit that are in accordance with the act and guidelines should be reviewed within 14 working days of the date of receipt of the application. Upon approval of the Executive Committee, the building and land use permit is issued.

    The costs associated with the application for the dual permit include an application fee of MUR 500, plus charges computed based on land area as follows:
    • MUR 10.00 per sq. m. for areas of 250 sq. m. or less
    • MUR 20.00 per sq. m. for areas ranging from 251 to 500 sq. m.
    • MUR 50.00 per sq. m. for areas of more than 500 sq. m.

    This procedure is processed at the same institution as the previous one, for that reason it cannot be a simultaneous one.


    21 days MUR 65,530
    6

    Notify the Local Authority of commencement of work

    Agency: Local Authority (Municipality)

    On March 15, 2013, Mauritius implemented the Building Control Act 2012, gazetted on June 16, 2012 and implemented by Proclamation Nº10. According to Art. 17, a notification of commencement of work must be sent to the issuing permit authority. This procedure is processed at the same institution as the previous one, for that reason it cannot be a simultaneous one.

    1 day no charge
    7

    Receive random inspection by Local Authority

    Agency: Local Authority (Municipality)

    A random inspection is carried out without any notice at any time.
    This procedure is processed at the same institution as the previous one, and can only be requested, upon construction is already started, for that reason it cannot be a simultaneous one.

    1 day no charge
    8

    Request and receive fire inspection

    Agency: Government Fire Services

    After completion of construction and before starting up business operations, BuildCo informs the Fire Department, which sends out inspectors and issues a fire certificate immediately after the inspection has been completed. This procedure is processed at the same institution as the previous one, for that reason it cannot be a simultaneous one.

    1 day MUR 100
    * 9

    Request and receive inspection for the compliance certificate from the Municipality

    Agency: Municipality

    At the end of construction, the principal agent of BuildCo (architect or structural engineer) will apply for the certificate of compliance at the Municipality. A clearance certificate signed by the principal agent must be submitted when applying for the certificate of compliance. The Municipality will then inspect the building although a representative of BuildCo does not need to be present. Since this procedure is processed in a different institution as the previous one, it can be a simultaneous one.

    1 day no charge
    10

    Obtain compliance certificate from the Municipality

    Agency: Municipality

    The issuance of the certificate of compliance will ensure that the building is registered for tax purposes. The findings of this inspection are then sent to the Evaluation Office of the Ministry of Finance. This office assesses the municipal tax which can take another 10 days. This procedure can only be done once the certificate is given, for that reason it cannot be a simultaneous one.

    10 days no charge
    * 11

    Receive inspection from the Central Water Authority (CWA)

    Agency: Central Water Authority (CWA)

    The application for a new water connection can now be submitted by email with all the required documents:

    • ID card / passport
    • Title deed
    • A copy of the constitution of the corporate body or societé and the name of the directors/associés authorized to sign on behalf of the corporate body
    • Site plan / location plan
    • Front elevation drawing
    • Existing water supply (if any)
    • Water requirement (in m3 daily)

    New applications are processed within one month.Since this procedure is processed in a different institution as the previous one, it can be a simultaneous one.



    1 day no charge
    12

    Obtain water connection from the Central Water Authority (CWA)

    Agency: Central Water Authority (CWA)

    Reception of the water connection. This procedure is processed at the same institution as the previous one, for that reason it cannot be a simultaneous one.

    14 days MUR 26,450
    13

    Apply for sewage connection with the WasteWater Management Authority (WMA)

    Agency: WasteWater Management Authority (WMA)

    BuildCo applies for a sewage connection with the WasteWater Management Authority (WMA). The following documents must be submitted with the application:

    • National identity card
    • Recent CWA bill
    • Title deed
    • Building Permit
    • Sewerage clearance (optional)

    An acknowledgement receipt, bearing a reference number is issued upon application. This procedure can only be done after the water connection is granted.

    1 day no charge
    14

    Receive inspection for project feasibility and awaits project design

    Agency: WasteWater Management Authority (WMA)

    The WasteWater Management Authority (WMA) will conduct a survey of the lot to verify the feasibility of this project. Once the survey is completed, a report is made and the design process starts. Once this design is completed, the applicant will be notified as to when the installation will be completed.
    If there is a need for any other permit, such as excavation, the WMA will request that permit. Since this procedure is processed at the same institution, it cannot be a simultaneous one.

    30 days no charge
    15

    Obtain sewage connection from WasteWater Management Authority (WMA)

    Agency: WasteWater Management Authority (WMA)

    BuildCo must apply in person at any WMA office to fill in an application form. The following documents must be provided at the time of application:

    • National identity card
    • Recent CWA bill
    • Title deed (If the applicant is not the owner of the land, then authorization from the owner and his NIC should be presented.)
    • Building permit
    • Sewerage clearance (optional)

    An acknowledgement receipt, bearing a reference number, is issued to BuildCo upon application. Connection for domestic premises is free of charge (conditions apply in cases of deviation and extension). Obtaining a new sewerage connection varies from 6 to 9 months. This procedure is processed at the same institution as the previous one, for that reason it cannot be a simultaneous one.

    60 days MUR 1,750

    * 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) 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 engineer. 1.0
    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 by in-house engineer; Unscheduled inspections. 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, in-house engineer submits report for final inspection. 2.0
    Do legally mandated final inspections occur in practice? (0-1) Final inspection always occurs in practice. 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)  Professional in charge of the supervision; 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) Construction company; Insurance is commonly taken in practice. 1.0
    Professional certifications index (0-4) 3.0
    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. 1.0