Ease of Doing Business in


Morocco Download Profile (1738.3KB, pdf)
Region Middle East & North Africa
Income Category Lower middle income
Population 34,377,511
GNI Per Capita (US$) 3,040
City covered Casablanca



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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 68 68
67.50 65.82 down
Starting a Business 40 40
92.34 92.06 up
Dealing with Construction Permits 18 18
79.77 79.32 up
Getting Electricity 57 55 down
79.71 79.31 up
Registering Property 87 92 up
63.94 62.74 up
Getting Credit 101 109 up
45.00 40.00 up
Protecting Minority Investors 87 118 up
53.33 45.00 up
Paying Taxes 41 37 down
83.51 83.61 down
Trading across Borders 63 68 up
81.12 79.97 up
Enforcing Contracts 57 58 up
62.34 62.34
Resolving Insolvency 131 130 down
33.89 33.89

Positive= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business.Negative= Change making it more difficult to do business.

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Estimated value of warehouse MAD 1,378,745
City Casablanca
Indicator Morocco Middle East & North Africa OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 13 15.1 12.1
Time (days) info_outline 88.5 129.5 152.1
Cost (% of warehouse value) info_outline 3.5 3.3 1.6
Building quality control index (0-15) info_outline 13 10.0 11.3
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    Obtain cadastral plan and location map

    Agency: Agence Nationale de Consérvation Foncière et du Cadastre

    The cadastral plan contains the company name; the coordinates of the land plot, including north-south orientation; the registration number of the property title; the cadastral map; and the situation plan.

    2 days MAD 125

    Obtain an urban certificate (note de renseignements)

    Agency: Land Registry (Agence Urbaine de Casablanca)

    The urban certificate specifies the intended purpose of the land. All documents obtained in the previous procedure must be submitted along with a proof of ownership -- an extract from the land registry.

    0.5 days MAD 450

    Submit scanned documents online and obtain appointment

    Agency: CasaUrba

    The architect will log in to CasaUrba (www.casaurba.ma) to obtain the list of required documents for his project. all required documents are scanned and uploaded in the system for verification of completeness. Casaurba is only accessible to architects.

    Within 24 hours, the architect is informed if there are any missing documents. At the same time, the architect is notified of the date that the hard copy of the documents should be brought to the one-stop shop for approval.

    The cost is as follows: MAD 150 for small projects and MAD 300 for larger projects (including the Doing Business case study warehouse).

    1 day MAD 300

    Deposit the hard copies of all documents and obtain building permit

    Agency: Municipal Authority, Prefecture Authorities, Land Registry (Agence Urbaine) and Fire Department (Protection Civile)

    The architect is required to bring all documents in paper based version to the commission. At the one-stop shop, documents are deposited, the request electronically filed, and an issuance date assigned within 15 days. Once the commission has approved the application, the architect is informed by Casaurba of the decision.

    The file submitted to obtain a building permit includes about eight architectural plans, land registry plans, the land ownership certificate provided by Land Registry, and application forms containing general information about the construction project and a description of the construction project. A set of the application file is sent to the Fire Department (Protection Civile), Prefecture Authorities, and Land Registry (Agence Urbaine), and LYDEC (Lyonnaise Des Eaux de Casablanca).

    The fees are paid at the municipality once the building permit has been granted to the project owner. Each architectural study plan is subject to the following payments:
    • MAD 50.00 for stamp duties
    • MAD 2.00 per sq. m. of construction for fire safety
    • MAD 20.00 per sq. m. for the permit
    • Approximately MAD 2,000.00 for occupancy permit (frais d'occupation de domaine public)

    15 days MAD 30,663

    Hire licensed technical supervisor

    Agency: Licensed Technical Supervisor

    A private “Bureau de controle” must be hired to conduct the inspections during construction. The price is negotiable but for a warehouse construction such as the one in the Doing Business case study, the cost will not exceed MAD 5,000.

    1 day MAD 5,000

    Notify Municipality of commencement of work

    Agency: Municipality

    According to Article 5 of Appendix 6, building permit sample, issued in the Decree Nº2-13-424 of May 24, 2013 and published in the Official Gazette No. 6174 of 1 August 2013 "the applicant is required to inform the relevant departments of the municipality by mail within 48 hours of the commencement of work. BuildCo informs the Commune through an ‘avis d’ouverture de chantier’ of the commencement of construction.

    1 day no charge

    Receive random inspection from the controlleur de la commune (municipal inspector)

    Agency: Municipality

    The Controlleur de la commune will conduct one random inspection during the construction phase to verify there is a construction permit.

    1 day no charge

    Architect submits final report to Municipality that the warehouse was built according to the approved plans

    Agency: Municipality

    In November 2013, Morocco adopted Decree N°2-13-424 forming the General Code of Construction and the Joint Order N°3214.13. As a result of the decree, BuildCo no longer has to receive a final inspection from the relevant government authorities. Instead, the architect must file a report (attestation) that the building has been built according to the approved plans.

    1 day no charge
    * 9

    Apply for water and sewerage connection

    Agency: LYDEC (Lyonnaise Des Eaux Casablanca)

    As of June 2010 the request to be connected to water and sewage is done at the LYDEC (Lyonnaise Des Eaux de Casablanca) in one same dossier (file) after construction.

    1 day no charge

    Receive water and sewerage inspection from LYDEC

    Agency: LYDEC (Lyonnaise Des Eaux Casablanca)

    LYDEC (Lyonnaise Des Eaux Casablanca) inspects the site to estimate the connection and installation costs. LYDEC inspectors usually visit the site within 2 weeks of processing the application for the water and sewerage connection.

    1 day no charge

    Obtain water and sewerage connection

    Agency: LYDEC (Lyonnaise Des Eaux Casablanca)

    For the water supply connection, LYDEC uses the following pricing formula: (PGI) = KO x I/IO x (Q-35), where KO = MAD 917.10 per cubic meter per day; I/IO = revision indicia; and Q = 1 cubic meters/day x 100 sq. m. The applicable value added tax on PGI is 14%.

    57 days MAD 5,000
    * 12

    Obtain certificate of conformity (certificat de conformité)

    Agency: Municipality

    The mayor issue a certificate of conformity based on the document that the architect stating that the building was constructed according to the approved plans.

    7 days no charge

    Register the building with the Agence Nationale de Consérvation Foncière et du Cadastre

    Agency: Agence Nationale de Consérvation Foncière et du Cadastre

    Although not legally required, owners generally register the building with the Land Registry (Agence Nationale de Consérvation Foncière et du Cadastre) to increase the asset value. No registration for tax purposes is necessary. The cost is 0.5% of the declared value of the construction.

    7 days MAD 6,894

    * 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; In official gazette. 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 architect. 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 external engineer or firm; Unscheduled inspections; 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, external 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)  Architect or engineer; 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) Architect or engineer; Professional in charge of the supervision; 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) University degree in engineering, construction or construction management; Being a registered architect or engineer. 1.0