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Ease of Doing Business in

St Lucia

St Lucia Download Profile (1711.8KB, pdf)
Region Latin America & Caribbean
Income Category Upper middle income
Population 184,999
GNI Per Capita (US$) 7,390
City covered Castries

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DB 2017 Rank

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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 86 78 down
8
63.13 63.47 down
0.34
Starting a Business 66 63 down
3
88.80 88.68 up
0.12
Dealing with Construction Permits 54 50 down
4
74.54 74.51 up
0.03
Getting Electricity 56 29 down
27
79.78 83.94 down
4.16
Registering Property 104 103 down
1
59.16 59.19 down
0.03
Getting Credit 157 152 down
5
25.00 25.00
-
Protecting Minority Investors 87 85 down
2
53.33 53.33
-
Paying Taxes 65 63 down
2
78.09 78.09
-
Trading across Borders 81 80 down
1
73.87 73.24 up
0.63
Enforcing Contracts 71 70 down
1
59.94 59.94
-
Resolving Insolvency 114 110 down
4
38.79 38.73 up
0.06

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

DB 2017 Rank: 54

DB 2016 Rank: 50

Change in Rank: down4

DB 2017 DTF (% points): 74.54

DB 2016 DTF (% points): 74.51

Change in DTF (% points): up0.03

STANDARDIZED WAREHOUSE
Estimated value of warehouse: XCD 1,031,755
City: Castries
Indicator St Lucia Latin America & Caribbean OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 14.0 14.4 12.1
Time (days) info_outline 116.0 181.3 152.1
Cost (% of warehouse value) info_outline 0.6 2.5 1.6
Building quality control index (0-15) info_outline 9.5 8.4 11.3
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
    1

    Obtain copy of land register extract

    Agency: Land Registry Department

    One copy of the land register extract is required for the building permit application.
    1 day XCD 10
    * 2

    Obtain survey plan, building forms, location plan and LRTP map extract

    Agency: Lands and Survey Department

    One copy of the survey plan, two building forms, one copy of a location plan (topographic sheet) and LRTP map extract are required for the building permit application.
    1 day XCD 30
    3

    Obtain recommendations from Health Department

    Agency: Health Department

    Site and floor plans, the proof of ownership and survey plan are submitted that show adequate drainage and septic tank as well as the elevation (what the building looks like from outside).
    21 days XCD 250
    * 4

    Obtain recommendations from Fire Department

    Agency: Fire Department

    14 days XCD 600
    * 5

    Receive stamp on drawings from a registered electrical engineer

    Agency: Registered Engineer

    3 days XCD 1,400
    6

    Obtain approval from DCA's Commercial Committee

    Agency: Development Control Authority's (DCA) Commercial Committee

    The committee meets once a month. BuildCo must provide copies of all previous approvals, including all construction drawings required by the Development Control Authority (DCA). The DCA conducts the approval process for public and commercial buildings in Saint Lucia.
    42 days XCD 4,200
    7

    Receive foundation works inspection

    Agency: Development Control Authority

    Development Control Authority will inspect the construction after the completion of foundation and structure works.
    1 day no charge
    8

    Receive structural works inspection

    Agency: Development Control Authority

    1 day no charge
    9

    Request inspection by Fire Department

    Agency: Fire Department

    BuildCo must request an inspection from the Fire Department. The Fire Department will then issue a letter, confirming that the construction has followed the Fire Department recommendations.
    1 day no charge
    * 10

    Request inspection from WASCO (Water Department)

    Agency: WASCO (Water Department)

    1 day no charge
    * 11

    Receive inspection by Fire Department

    Agency: Fire Department

    1 day no charge
    * 12

    Receive inspection from WASCO (Water Department)

    Agency: WASCO (Water Department)

    1 day no charge
    13

    Obtain water connection

    Agency: WASCO (Water Department)

    45 days XCD 150
    * 14

    Obtain Fire Department letter

    Agency: Fire Department

    12 days no charge

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 9.5
    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. 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 in-house engineer; 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) 3.0
    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, in-house engineer submits report for final inspection. 2.0
    Do legally mandated final inspections occur in practice? (0-1) Final inspection always occurs in practice. 1.0
    Liability and insurance regimes index (0-2) 0.5
    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. 0.5
    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 . 0.0
    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. 0.0
    What are the qualification requirements for the professional who supervises the construction on the ground? (0-2) Minimum number of years of experience; University degree in engineering, construction or construction management. 1.0