Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for Portugal. The first table lists the overall "Ease of Doing Business" rank (out of 189 economies) and the rankings by each topic. It also lists the economy's distance to frontier (DTF)** measure. The rest of the tables summarize the key indicators for each topic and benchmark against regional and high-income economy (OECD) averages.

Economy Overview

Region OECD high income
Income Category High income
Population 10,526,703
GNI Per Capita (US$) 20,580
City covered Lisbon
Doing Business 2014 Rank Doing Business 2013 Rank*** Change in Rank
31 29 down -2

Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2013 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
75.59 75.87 down -0.28
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Doing Business reform 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 2014 Rank 76 DB 2013 Rank*** 72 Change in Rank down-4
DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 79.71 DB 2013 DTF** (% points) 79.77 Change in DTF** (% points) down-0.06
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)
13 13

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)
99.0 147.1

Cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita. Only official costs are recorded.

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Cost (% of income per capita)
374.9 84.1
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Obtain approval of project designs from City Hall and other relevant entities 30 days EUR 136
2 Obtain building permit (Alvará) and pay fee 30 days EUR 53,000
3 Inform the labor inspection agency about the new construction site 1 day no charge
4 Receive inspection from Labor authority 1 day no charge
5 Apply for occupancy permit and pay fees 1 day EUR 1,405
6 Receive inspection and obtain occupancy permit 10 days no charge
* 7 Submit application for a water and sewage connection at the water and sewage authority 1 day no charge
* 8 Submit application for a telephone line at the telecommunications authority 1 day no charge
* 9 Receive inspection by water and sewerage authority 1 day EUR 31
* 10 Receive inspection by telecommunications authority 1 day no charge
* 11 Obtain water and sewerage connection 31 days EUR 70
* 12 Obtain phone connection 14 days EUR 100
* 13 Register the building with the real estate registry 10 days EUR 2,625
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

** The distance to frontier (DTF) measure shows the distance of each economy to the "frontier," which represents the highest performance observed on each of the topics including Getting Electricity across all economies included in Doing Business. An economy’s distance to frontier is indicated on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest performance and 100 the frontier. Read more...

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

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