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Dealing with Construction Permits in

Timor-Leste

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

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

    Request a "no objection" letter from the Directorate of Land and Property

    Agency: Directorate of Land and Property

    The Directorate of Land and Property does not issue certificates of ownership or right of use of land. It issues a no-objection letter because it is not yet able to issue titles. The time to obtain this document varies from 1 -- 2 weeks if the applicant knows the right people but up to 6 months if the applicant is an outsider. A reasonable estimate is 1 -- 2 months. The Directorate of Land and Property performs a site inspection before issuing the letter.

    1 day no charge
    2

    Receive inspection certificate from the Directorate of Land and Property

    Agency: Directorate of Land and Property

    1 day no charge
    3

    Obtain a "no objection" letter from the Directorate of Land and Property

    Agency: Directorate of Land and Property

    45 days no charge
    * 4

    Obtain project clearance from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Environment

    Agency: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Environment

    30 days no charge
    5

    Submit application for building permit

    Agency: National Directorate of Buildings, Directorate-General for Public Works, Ministry of Infrastructure

    1 day no charge
    6

    Receive inspection from the Public Works Office

    Agency: National Directorate of Buildings, Directorate-General for Public Works, Ministry of Infrastructure

    1 day no charge
    7

    Obtain building permit

    Agency: National Directorate of Buildings, Directorate-General for Public Works, Ministry of Infrastructure

    The building permit is issued at no charge. To obtain the permit, BuildCo must submit the no-objection letter from the Land and Property Directorate, the environmental clearance, and the architectural and engineering plans/drawings. It takes 2 to 3 weeks to obtain a permit in a best-case scenario where the investor is constantly following up. Otherwise, it takes an average of 3 months to receive a building permit.

    88 days no charge
    8

    Receive excavation work inspection

    Agency: National Directorate of Buildings, Directorate-General for Public Works, Ministry of Infrastructure

    1 day no charge
    9

    Receive foundations work inspection

    Agency: National Directorate of Buildings, Directorate-General for Public Works, Ministry of Infrastructure

    1 day no charge
    10

    Receive concrete work inspection

    Agency: National Directorate of Buildings, Directorate-General for Public Works, Ministry of Infrastructure

    1 day no charge
    11

    Receive labor inspection

    Agency: National Directorate of Buildings, Directorate-General for Public Works, Ministry of Infrastructure

    A labor inspection occurs on a random basis. It often results from a complaint filed by the workers with the Ministry of Labor. If there is no complaint, this inspection is less likely to occur.

    1 day no charge
    12

    Receive final inspection

    Agency: National Directorate of Buildings, Directorate-General for Public Works, Ministry of Infrastructure

    1 day no charge
    13

    Obtain approval upon completion of project from the Public Works Office

    Agency: National Directorate of Buildings, Directorate-General for Public Works, Ministry of Infrastructure

    14 days no charge
    * 14

    Apply for water and sewerage connection

    Agency: Directorate-General of Electricity, Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Infrastructure

    1 day no charge
    15

    Receive water and sewerage inspection

    Agency: Directorate-General of Electricity, Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Infrastructure

    1 day no charge
    16

    Obtain water and sewerage connection

    Agency: Directorate-General of Electricity, Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Infrastructure

    50 days USD 500

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 3.0
    Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 0.0
    How accessible are building laws and regulations in your economy? (0-1) Not easily accessible. 0.0
    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. 0.0
    Quality control before construction index (0-1) 0.0
    Which third-party entities are required by law to verify that the building plans are in compliance with existing building regulations? (0-1) Civil servant reviews plans. 0.0
    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. 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. 0.0
    Liability and insurance regimes index (0-2) 0.0
    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 . 0.0
    Professional certifications index (0-4) 0.0
    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) There are no specific requirements. 0.0
    What are the qualification requirements for the professional who supervises the construction on the ground? (0-2) There are no specific requirements. 0.0