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Ease of Doing Business in

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Download Profile (1720.7KB, pdf)
Region East Asia & Pacific
Income Category Lower middle income
Population 583,591
GNI Per Capita (US$) 1,940
City covered Honiara

190

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DB 2017 Rank

1

100

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 104 105 up
1
59.17 58.79 down
0.38
Starting a Business 97 91 down
6
85.48 85.11 up
0.37
Dealing with Construction Permits 63 59 down
4
72.76 72.94 down
0.18
Getting Electricity 80 91 up
11
72.53 69.01 up
3.52
Registering Property 152 153 up
1
47.38 47.34 up
0.04
Getting Credit 82 78 down
4
50.00 50.00
-
Protecting Minority Investors 106 101 down
5
50.00 50.00
-
Paying Taxes 39 38 down
1
83.58 83.58
-
Trading across Borders 151 152 up
1
53.45 53.45
-
Enforcing Contracts 153 152 down
1
44.63 44.63
-
Resolving Insolvency 138 136 down
2
31.90 31.85 up
0.05

Positive= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business.Negative= Change making it more difficult to do business.

DB 2017 Rank:

63

DB 2016 Rank:

59

Change in Rank:

down4

DB 2017 DTF (% points):

72.76

DB 2016 DTF (% points):

72.94

Change in DTF (% points):

down0.18

STANDARDIZED WAREHOUSE
Estimated value of warehouse SBD 781,121
City Honiara
Indicator Solomon Islands East Asia & Pacific OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 13 15.0 12.1
Time (days) info_outline 98 134.1 152.1
Cost (% of warehouse value) info_outline 1.2 2.1 1.6
Building quality control index (0-15) info_outline 7.5 8.7 11.3
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
    1

    Request and obtain approval of concept plan from the Town and Country Planning Board

    Agency: Town and Country Planning Board of the Planning and Building Department

    The architect will provide a concept plan, which includes the plan layout showing the elevation, section (small scale), cross-section and a plan for any car park. The land title must also be attached to the application request.

    The entire application is submitted for approval to the Town and Country Planning Board. The Board will meet when there are about 10 projects to be approved.

    30 days SBD 200
    2

    Obtain approval of all other plans from the Town and Country Planning Board and obtain construction permit

    Agency: Town and Country Planning Board of the Planning and Building Department

    Once the architect obtains the approval of the concept plan, he must submit 5 copies of the entire file with all plans, including fire safety, electricity, water/sewage and the estimated cost of construction.

    Four departments will examine the request for the building permit:
    • The physical planning officer will visit the site and write his report and either give his agreement or refuse to grant the permit.
    • The building inspector will check the architectural plans.
    • The Health Department will check the sewage plans.
    • The Fire Brigade will check the fire safety plans.

    Once these four departments have verified the file, it is returned to the Planning Division. At this stage, the engineers will check the structural plans.

    The file will then be sent back to the secretary of the Town Planning Board to prepare for the board meeting. The file is sent to the Board which meets once per month, depending on the number of applications submitted. At least 10 applications must be submitted for the Board to meet.

    A notification of approval is sent to the architect who will then come and pay the building permit fees: 0.5% of the estimated cost + cost of SBD 150 per inspection (7 inspections in this case).

    Once payment is made, the permit is signed by the city clerk, usually within 2 -- 3 days.

    31 days SBD 5,968
    3

    Request and receive foundation inspection

    Agency: Planning and Building Department

    Inspection is done at each stage of the construction. According to the Building Ordinance, the builder must give a 48 hours notice to the Building inspector.

    1 day no charge
    4

    Request and receive flooring inspection

    Agency: Planning and Building Department

    Inspection is done at each stage of the construction. According to the Building Ordinance, the builder must give a 48 hours notice to the Building inspector.

    1 day no charge
    5

    Request and receive ground floor wall elevation inspection

    Agency: Planning and Building Department

    Inspection is done at each stage of the construction. According to the Building Ordinance, the builder must give a 48 hours notice to the Building inspector.

    1 day no charge
    6

    Request and receive ground floor ceiling inspection

    Agency: Planning and Building Department

    Inspection is done at each stage of the construction. According to the Building Ordinance, the builder must give a 48 hours notice to the Building inspector.

    1 day no charge
    7

    Request and receive first floor wall elevation inspection

    Agency: Planning and Building Department

    Inspection is done at each stage of the construction. According to the Building Ordinance, the builder must give a 48 hours notice to the Building inspector.

    1 day no charge
    8

    Request and receive roofing inspection

    Agency: Planning and Building Department

    Inspection is done at each stage of the construction. According to the Building Ordinance, the builder must give a 48 hours notice to the Building inspector.

    1 day no charge
    9

    Request water connection

    Agency: Solomon Islands Water Authority (SIWA)

    1 day no charge
    10

    Receive water inspection

    Agency: Solomon Islands Water Authority (SIWA)

    Two days after the application is submitted, the Solomon Islands Water Authority sends out an inspector. The chief of the department will sign and conduct the survey. 10 meters of pipe are provided for free. If more is needed, an estimate will be provided for the additional cost.

    1 day no charge
    11

    Obtain water connection

    Agency: Solomon Islands Water Authority (SIWA)

    23 days SBD 2,060
    * 12

    Receive final inspection

    Agency: Planning and Building Department

    BuildCo must complete a form informing the inspector that the construction has been completed and provide a date for the inspection. According to the Building Ordinance, the builder must give a 48 hours notice to the Building Inspector.

    Once the inspection has taken place the completion certificate will be issued within 5 working days.

    1 day no charge
    13

    Obtain the completion certificate

    Agency: Planning and Building Department

    6 days SBD 1,500

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 7.5
    Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 1.5
    How accessible are building laws and regulations in your economy? (0-1) Free of charge; Not easily accessible. 0.5
    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) 1.0
    What types of inspections (if any) are required by law to be carried out during construction? (0-2) Inspections at various phases. 1.0
    Do legally mandated inspections occur in practice during construction? (0-1) Mandatory inspections are not always done in practice during construction; Mandatory inspections are done most of the time during construction. 0.0
    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) 1.0
    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 ; Insurance is commonly taken in practice. 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) Minimum number of years of experience. 0.0