Pakistan

Dealing with Construction Permits in

Lahore - Pakistan

Below is a detailed summary of the procedures, time and costs to build a warehouse. This includes obtaining necessary licenses and permits, completing required notifications and inspections and obtaining utility connections.

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  • Estimated cost of construction: PKR 9,800,000
  • City: Lahore
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Request and obtain building plan approval from Lahore Development Authority (LDA)


According to the Building and Zoning Bye Laws of 2007, to get approval to execute the works, the building company must apply in writing to the Building Department of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and submit the following documents:

a. Application form signed by the registered architect, the attorney-in-practice, and a registered structural engineer;
b. Five sets of building plans (site plan, architectural drawings with elevations and sections, structural drawings, and stability certificate), each signed by the relevant professional (either the architect or the structural engineer);
c. Proof of ownership (copy of the sale deed, copy of the allotment letter, or fard);
d. Copy of the company’s memorandum of incorporation;
e. Power of attorney to act on behalf of the company and a copy of the national identification card of the attorney-in-practice.

The building company must pay building approval fees of PKR 5 per square foot of covered area. When approved, the building company receives a signed copy of the drawings and a letter of approval.

If the building company does not receive a response to its application within 45 days of submission, it can send a written communication by registered post to the relevant TMA. If such communication is not answered within 15 days, the building company can assume that the building plan approval has been granted and start construction (as per Art. 27.6, Section 192, Fourth Schedule, Chapter 14 of the Punjab Local Government Ordinance, 2001).
45 days PKR 70,000 (building approval fee of PKR 5 per square foot of covered area)
2 Request and receive inspection at foundation level from Lahore Development Authority (LDA)


Inspectors from LDA must inspect the building site when the foundations have been laid. Inspections are free of cost.
2 days No cost
3 Receive inspection from Lahore Development Authority (LDA)


1 day No cost
4 Request and obtain electricity connection from Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO)


The building company must submit an application to LESCO along with the following documents:

a. Copy of the approved building plan and of the letter of approval;
b. Wiring test report;
c. Copy of a neighbor’s electricity bill;
d. Proof of ownership of the plot;
e. Copy of the company’s memorandum of incorporation;
f. Power of attorney to act on behalf of the company and a copy of the national identification card of the attorney-in-practice;
g. Affidavit declaring that the building company has no arrears with LESCO.

The electricity supply company will inspect the site and issue an assessment letter. The company receives the connection upon payment of the established connection fees. A detailed description of procedures and fees and downloadable application forms are available at www.lesco.gov.pk.
60 days PKR 228,000
* 5 Receive electricity inspection from Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO)


1 day No cost
* 6 Request and obtain water and sewerage connection from the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA)


The Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) of Lahore is an agency of the Lahore Development Authority created by the LDA Act of 1975. WASA Lahore is responsible for the provision of water and sewerage to all areas (both those administered by TMAs and by LDA) within the approved scheme area. In order to obtain a connection to water and sewerage the following documents must be submitted:

a. Copy of the approved building plan;
b. Application form;
c. Attested copy of the national identity card of the applicant;
d. Attested copy of the sale deed/proof of ownership;
e. Site plan indicating location of property.

After the application has been submitted, technical staff from WASA will be sent to inspect the site. After inspection they will provide the building company with a copy of the assessment of the materials needed and the fee charged for connection.
30 days PKR 10,000
* 7 Receive inspection from the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA)


1 day No cost
* 8 Request and obtain telephone connection from Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL)


As a result of the recent improvements of PTCL services, the building company can apply for a new landline connection online (www.ptcl.com.pk) or by calling the helpline at 0800 8 0800. In order to obtain a commercial landline connection, the company must provide the following information:

a. National identity card number and contact details of the applicant;
b. Company registration number and national tax number;
c. Address where the connection will be installed.

The PTCL lineman will install the new landline connection within 7 days of placement of the order.
7 days PKR 750 (amount paid with the first bill)
9 Submit completion notice and request final inspection from Lahore Development Authority (LDA)


After the building is completed, the building company must submit the following documents to the Building Department of LDA in order to receive the final inspection and the completion certificate:

a. Completion notice;
b. Plans of the building as completed, signed by a licensed architect.
1 day No cost
* 10 Receive final inspection from Lahore Development Authority (LDA)


Once the completion notice has been received by LDA, an inspector inspects the building to verify that construction has been carried out according to the approved building plan and standards set by the bylaws.
1 day No cost
* 11 Receive completion certificate from Lahore Development Authority (LDA)


After the final inspection has taken place, and provided that the works have been carried out according to the approved building plan, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) issues a certificate of completion.
36 days No cost
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

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