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Dealing with Construction Permits in

Myanmar

Below is a detailed summary of the procedures, time and costs to build a warehouse in Myanmar. 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 a land title certificate and a cadastral map at the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) Land Department

    Agency: Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC)- City Planning and Land Administration Department

    BuildCo visits the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) Land Department in order to request a land title certificate, which will prove ownership of the land that is to be developed, and a cadastral map, which will show the plot's dimensions.

    30 days MMK 12,945
    * 2

    Obtain consent from the neighbors

    Agency: Neighbors

    A standard consent form obtained at the YCDC must be filled out by all the neighbors of the land which will be developed. This is usually performed through an agent as well.

    1 day no charge
    * 3

    Obtain a recommendation letter or certificate from the ward

    Agency: Ward

    The ward administrator or chief will issue a letter certifying the address of the builder. This is usually performed through an agent.

    1 day no charge
    4

    Obtain debt clearance letter from YCDC Township Executive Office

    Agency: YCDC Design Department

    The YCDC Design Department will check that the designs, which must be prepared by a licensed engineer, are compliant with building and urbanism standards and regulations.

    7 days no charge
    5

    Apply and obtain a construction permit at the YCDC Engineering Department (Building)

    Agency: YCDC Engineering Department (Building)

    The builder or representative must submit all the following in order to begin the application process for the construction permit:

    • Owner ID and family certificate
    • Application forms
    • Land title certificate from the YCDC Land Department
    • Cadastral map from the YCDC Land Department
    • Neighbor consent form completed
    • Drawings and structural designs – 3 sets
    • Bills of quantity (BQ) – 3 sets
    • Recommendation letter from the Ward

    Once the application has gone through all the internal reviews at the YCDC, BuildCo is informed that the permit is ready and is provided with an invoice of how much is to be paid. The payment is either made at the YCDC Engineering (Building) Office directly or at the YCDC Bank for large amounts. About one week after the payment has been made, the construction permit can be picked up.

    30 days MMK 504,000
    * 6

    Receive an inspection from a YCDC technician

    Agency: YCDC Engineering Department (Building)

    A YCDC technician will visit the plot of land in order to check that it corresponds to the land certificate and designs provided and to check the conditions for water and electricity connections. While there, the technician also checks with neighbors to ensure there are no land disputes or other issues. The inspector will issue a report to the YCDC, and the builder will be informed when they can proceed with the permit application. Soil tests are only required by law for buildings 3 stories or higher or for large factories, though some builders prefer to perform the soil test, regardless of the building height. In such cases, the cost is MMK 150,000 and it takes about 2 weeks. Similarly, seismic and environmental checks are not required for small warehouses.

    1 day no charge
    7

    Request and receive foundation inspection

    Agency: YCDC Engineering Department (Building)

    The Inspection Department of the YCDC will have received all the plans submitted by BuildCo and will be ready to conduct inspections during construction. BuildCo is supposed to inform the YCDC at the beginning of three stages: foundation, floors, and roofing.

    1 day no charge
    8

    Request and receive flooring inspection

    Agency: YCDC Engineering Department (Building)

    The Inspection Department of the YCDC will have received all the plans submitted by BuildCo and will be ready to conduct inspections during construction. BuildCo is supposed to inform the YCDC at the beginning of three stages: foundation, floors, and roofing.

    1 day no charge
    9

    Request and receive roofing inspection

    Agency: YCDC Engineering Department (Building)

    The Inspection Department of the YCDC will have received all the plans submitted by BuildCo and will be ready to conduct inspections during construction. BuildCo is supposed to inform the YCDC at the beginning of three stages: foundation, floors, and roofing.

    1 day no charge
    10

    Request a building completion certificate from the YCDC

    Agency: YCDC Engineering Department (Building)

    After construction work is completed, a building completion certificate must be requested at the YCDC Engineering (Building) Department.

    1 day MMK 126,000
    11

    Receive final inspection to obtain completion certificate from the YCDC

    Agency: YCDC Engineering Department (Building)

    Two to three days after requesting the completion certificate, YCDC engineers will visit the warehouse to check that it has been built according to the plans.

    3 days no charge
    12

    Obtain completion certificate from the YCDC

    Agency: YCDC Engineering Department (Building)

    After the visit, the completion certificate will be issued if there are no problems.

    21 days no charge
    * 13

    Request and obtain an excavation permit from YCDC for the well

    Agency: YCDC Engineering Department (Building)

    5 days MMK 40,000
    * 14

    Drill well for water supply

    Agency: Private Firm

    7 days MMK 1,600,000

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 9.0
    Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 1.0
    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; Available only on request. 0.0
    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; 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 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. 1.0
    Liability and insurance regimes index (0-2) 0.0
    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)  No party is held liable under the law. 0.0
    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 . 0.0
    Professional certifications index (0-4) 2.0
    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. 1.0
    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