Ease of Doing Business in


Norway Download Profile (1684.8KB, pdf)
Region OECD high income
Income Category High income
Population 5,195,921
GNI Per Capita (US$) 93,820
City covered Oslo



DB 2017 Rank



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 6 8 up
82.82 82.30 down
Starting a Business 21 18 down
94.30 94.29 up
Dealing with Construction Permits 43 40 down
75.52 75.51 up
Getting Electricity 12 18 up
90.58 87.46 up
Registering Property 14 14
87.26 87.26
Getting Credit 75 70 down
55.00 55.00
Protecting Minority Investors 9 7 down
75.00 75.00
Paying Taxes 26 28 up
85.53 85.52 up
Trading across Borders 22 22
96.97 96.97
Enforcing Contracts 4 6 up
78.99 77.14 up
Resolving Insolvency 6 5 down
89.06 88.83 up

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 NOK 31,660,936
City Oslo
Indicator Norway OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 11 12.1
Time (days) info_outline 110.5 152.1
Cost (% of warehouse value) info_outline 0.6 1.6
Building quality control index (0-15) info_outline 8 11.3
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    Obtain a site-plan map from the Municipal Building Authorities

    Agency: Municipal Building Authorities

    A copy of the map that is 1:500 is required to be submitted with the building permit, and is helpful for other pre-approvals. This can be done online, and a PDF can be immediately obtained.

    0.5 days NOK 500

    Hold advance conference with the Municipal Building Authorities

    Agency: Municipal Building Authorities

    The advance conference is optional, but is often necessary in order to clarify the prerequisites for the project, such as infrastructure, various laws and regulations, and coordination and the approvals from other authorities. The time to complete this procedure may vary. In Oslo, the normal waiting time is approximately 2 weeks. These conferences are not binding for the final result of the approval process.

    14 days no charge
    * 3

    Notify all surrounding neighbors of the future construction

    Agency: Neighbors

    According to the Law on Construction dated June 27, 2008 (71 § 03.21), BuildCo must inform all neighbors adjacent and facing the property about the intended warehouse and where it will be built. The neighbors must either agree or disagree with this construction within 2 weeks. However, if BuildCo has obtained directly in writing from all the surrounding neighbors that they do not object to this construction, there is no waiting period of 2 weeks. The form to be used is available on the website at http://www.dibk.no/no/BYGGEREGLER/Byggesoknader/Byggesaksblanketter/

    A copy of this notification must be included in the application for obtaining a building permit.

    1 day no charge
    * 4

    Obtain approval of the Health Authorities

    Agency: Health Authorities

    Generally, the building permit is not issued if BuildCo has not obtained all necessary approvals. In such cases, the Municipal Building Authority points out the missing approvals and orders the applicant to submit them before further progress can be made.

    10 days no charge
    * 5

    Obtain approval of the Environmental Authorities

    Agency: Environmental Authorities

    10 days no charge
    * 6

    Obtain approval of the Road Authorities

    Agency: Road Authorities

    10 days no charge
    * 7

    Obtain approval from the Water and Sewage Authorities prior to construction

    Agency: Water and Sewage Authorities

    Approval from the electricity company is not necessary. Only an authorization for water and sewage is required.

    10 days no charge

    Obtain the frame permit (first step of the building permit)

    Agency: Municipal Building Authorities

    The frame permit is the first step toward obtaining the building permit. It grants only the right to build the project as designed; it does not authorize construction. The permit ensures that the project meets all relevant regulations and is valid for 3 years. The application for a frame permit must contain all relevant information on the project, architectural drawings, and other requirements, according to the Planning and Building Act and other relevant regulations. The legal maximum time to complete this procedure is 84 days.

    In practice, obtaining the frame permit in Oslo currently takes about 3 months. The reasons for the delayed executive work are:
    • High building activity
    • A corresponding increase in building applications
    • A shortage of manpower in the building authorities

    84 days NOK 54,391
    * 9

    Obtain the start-up permit and present a control registration form

    Agency: Municipal Building Authorities

    The start-up permit authorizes the start of construction activities. This permit contains the authorization (construction license) of the companies responsible for the coordination, design, construction, and monitoring of the project. BuildCo must in this respect either present its qualifications to the Municipal Building Authorities or present a license from the Central Register. BuildCo must also present all the consents/approvals obtained in prior procedures.

    BuildCo must ensure that a construction oversight plan is drawn up. Such a plan should be included in the application or be submitted while the application for a start-up permit is being reviewed at the latest. The construction may be monitored by means of documented self-inspections or by an independent enterprise. The developer, the applicant, the designer, and the contractor in charge must provide the information necessary to monitor the construction. The latter is normally executed through self-inspection. The legal maximum time to complete this stage is 84 days. Obtaining a start-up permit in Oslo currently takes 3 weeks on average.

    21 days NOK 33,686

    Apply and obtain a certificate of completion from the Municipal Building Authorities

    Agency: Municipal Building Authorities

    BuildCo must obtain an approval from the Municipality upon completion of the project. The supervising agency/applicant must send a completion report and a request for a certificate of completion form. This report must state that the building was built according to the approved plans and that there are no major works to be completed or that any reserves on any part of the building.
    If the final approval is not issued within the deadline, the silence-is-consent rule is applied and the building may be used.

    Chapter 21 - Article 21--10 - Building Act

    10 days no charge

    Obtain water and sewage connection

    Agency: Water and Sewage Authorities

    The Water and Sewage Authorities must be present when the connection is installed, and BuildCo must send a request form determining the time for the connection. Such a request must be received by the authorities at 10 a.m. (at the latest) the day before the connection is to take place. The receipt for the paid connection fee must be attached to the request form where the connection time and place are determined.

    For 2010, the City Parliament of Oslo has established that the taxes to be paid for water and sewage connection are NOK 41.24 per sq. m. for water and NOK 61.83 per sq. m. for sewage. The connection fee is a nonrecurring one and covers the costs of building and maintaining the public pipelines (both water and sewage pipelines -- that is, the water supply from purification plant to the consumer, and sewage transport from the consumer to waste water plant). A reduction is given when the land plot is larger than 3,000 square meters and utilization is less than 12.5% (not applicable in the Doing Business case).

    1 day NOK 95,752

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 8.0
    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; Fees to be paid. 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 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. 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) 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) 1.0
    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; Passing a certification exam. 0.0