#

Dealing with Construction Permits in

Senegal

Below is a detailed summary of the procedures, time and costs to build a warehouse in Senegal. 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.

Compare Senegal to 189 other economies.

  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
    1

    Obtain property title documents (certificats de droit réel ou réquisition)

    Agency: Land Authorities (Bureau de la Conservation Foncière (Service des Domaines))

    The property title documents include the history of the property and all loans associated with it.

    5 days XOF 600
    2

    Obtain a cadastral map

    Agency: Cadastre

    The Cadastre will visit the property to check the boundaries.

    7 days XOF 16,700
    3

    Obtain planning certificate (certificat d’urbanisme)

    Agency: Regional Urban Planning Authority (Service Régionale d’Urbanisme )

    The planning certificate (certificat d’urbanisme) identifies whether a specific land can be used for the intended construction and if there are some specific rules that must be respected.

    The request must be addressed to the Mayor or to the president of the Rural Council along with a title deed or occupancy permit and an excerpt from the cadastral map of the plot.

    10 days XOF 20,000
    4

    Obtain building permit

    Agency: Ministry of Urbanism and Town Planning; Inspection Office; City Hall; Land Management; Hygiene Service; Civil Safety Office

    The application file is submitted in five copies. Each copy consists of an application form, along with the following:
    • Plans of all the levels and facades at a scale of 1:100
    • Block and location plan
    • Two copies of the property title (per application)

    45 days XOF 780,360
    5

    Hire a private inspection agency and receive approval of the technical execution plan

    Agency: Bureau de Control

    It is rare to receive an inspection from the authorities. Thus, to ensure that building standards are met, BuildCo hires a private inspection agency. Private inspectors visit the site at least once a week to perform technical inspections.

    1 day XOF 796,074
    6

    Request final inspection from the Service d'Urbanisme to receive the certificate of conformity

    Agency: Regional Urban Planning Authority (Service Régionale d’Urbanisme)

    Once construction is completed, BuildCo must fill out a form requesting the certificate of conformity (certificat de conformite). A representative from BuildCo must go to the Service Regional in person with a copy of the authorized plans.

    1 day XOF 5,500
    7

    Receive final inspection

    Agency: Inspection Agency (Direction Régionale de l’Urbanisme et de l’Architecture)

    This is an inspection that is done to verify compliance of the construction works with the regulations (prior to issuance of the certificate of conformity). Sometimes companies have to wait 2 weeks before receiving this final inspection.

    1 day no charge
    8

    Obtain certificate of conformity

    Agency: Regional Urban Planning Authority (Service Régionale d’Urbanisme)

    The declaration of the completion of construction (déclaration attestant de l’achèvement des travaux) must be submitted within 30 days from the date of the end of construction activities.

    10 days XOF 15,000
    9

    Apply for water connection

    Agency: Société Sénégalaise des Eaux (SDE)

    BuildCo must apply for the connection at the private water company, SDE. They lack personnel and so the time to obtain the estimate (devis) for the payment of fees takes about 1 to 2 weeks.

    1 day no charge
    10

    Pay the fees and obtain water connection

    Agency: Société Sénégalaise des Eaux (SDE)

    The application form cost ranges from FCFA 14,000.00 to FCFA 20,000.00. The connection cost is around FCFA 115,000.00 for industrial companies. This cost increases if the building is far from the nearest source of water.

    The time estimate includes the time to obtain the estimated cost for extension of the grid

    75 days XOF 135,000
    * 11

    Apply for sewage connection

    Agency: Office National d’Assainissement du Sénégal

    BuildCo must apply for the connection to sewage at ONAS. One of the mandatory documents to be provided is the first water bill.

    1 day no charge
    12

    Receive sewage inspection

    Agency: Office National d’Assainissement du Sénégal

    BuildCo must visit the sewage company in person to retrieve the inspectors for the inspection of the sewage mains. Otherwise, it can take them a few weeks to come. An inspection is necessary to obtain the estimate (devis) for the works to be completed.

    1 day no charge
    13

    Pay the fees and obtain sewage connection

    Agency: Office National d’Assainissement du Sénégal

    ONAS inspectors prepare the quotation (devis) within a week of inspecting the site. BuildCo must then go to ONAS to sign the paperwork and pay the fees. After that, they will install the connection. ONAS may sometimes outsource the works to a private company.

    45 days XOF 250,000

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 10.0
    Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 2.0
    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; Required preapprovals. 1.0
    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 by external engineer or firm; 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) 2.0
    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 does not always occur in practice; Final inspection occurs most of the time. 0.0
    Liability and insurance regimes index (0-2) 2.0
    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)  Architect or engineer; Construction company; Owner or investor. 1.0
    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) Architect or engineer; Construction company. 1.0
    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) University degree in architecture or engineering; Being a registered architect or engineer. 1.0
    What are the qualification requirements for the professional who supervises the construction on the ground? (0-2) University degree in engineering, construction or construction management. 0.0