Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for Portugal. The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF)** measure, overall and by topic. The second section summarizes the key indicators for each topic benchmarked against regional averages.

Economy Overview

Region OECD high income
Income Category High income
Population 10,459,806
GNI Per Capita (US$) 20,670
City covered Lisbon
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
25 23 down -2

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
76.03 76.02 down 0.01
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change making it more difficult to do business.

Dealing with Construction Permits


Shown below are the procedures, time, and costs to build a warehouse, including obtaining necessary licenses and permits, completing required notifications and inspections, and obtaining utility connections.

DB 2015 Rank 58 DB 2014 Rank*** 58 Change in Rank 0
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 77.31 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 77.28 Change in DTF** (% points) up0.03
Indicator Portugal OECD

The total number of procedures required to build a warehouse. A procedure is any interaction of the company’s employees or managers with external parties.

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Procedures (number)
14.0 11.9

The total number of days required to build a warehouse. The measure captures the median duration that local experts indicate is necessary to complete a procedure in practice.

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Time (days)
113.0 149.5

Cost is recorded as a percentage of the warehouse value.

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Cost (% of warehouse value)
1.4 1.7
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Obtain approval of project designs from Municipality and other relevant entities 30 days EUR 348
2 Obtain building permit and pay fee 30 days EUR 2,061
3 Inform the Municipality about the beginning of construction 1 day no charge
* 4 Inform the Labor Conditions Agency about the new construction site 1 day no charge
5 Receive inspection from the Labor Conditions Agency 1 day no charge
6 Receive inspection from Municipality 1 day no charge
7 Receive inspection from Institute of Construction and Real Estate (Instituto da Construção e do Imobiliário -INCI) 1 day no charge
8 Apply for occupancy permit and pay fees 1 day EUR 356
9 Obtain occupancy permit 10 days no charge
* 10 Submit application for a water and sewage connection at the Water and Sanitation Authority 1 day no charge
11 Receive inspection by Water and Sanitation Authority 1 day EUR 451
12 Obtain water and sewerage connection 31 days EUR 7,571
13 Register the building with the Tax Authority 1 day no charge
* 14 Register the building with the Real Estate Registry 5 days EUR 60
  * Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

**The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

***Last year's rankings are adjusted. They are based on 10 topics and reflect data corrections.

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