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Ease of Doing Business in

Uganda

Uganda Download Profile (1776.3KB, pdf)
Region Sub-Saharan Africa
Income Category Low income
Population 39,032,383
GNI Per Capita (US$) 670
City covered Kampala

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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 115 116 up
1
57.77 57.10 down
0.67
Starting a Business 165 162 down
3
71.30 69.26 up
2.04
Dealing with Construction Permits 151 153 up
2
57.19 56.42 up
0.77
Getting Electricity 161 168 up
7
44.78 42.61 up
2.17
Registering Property 116 118 up
2
55.81 55.38 up
0.43
Getting Credit 44 42 down
2
65.00 65.00
-
Protecting Minority Investors 106 101 down
5
50.00 50.00
-
Paying Taxes 75 76 up
1
74.71 74.18 up
0.53
Trading across Borders 136 141 up
5
58.90 57.78 up
1.12
Enforcing Contracts 64 63 down
1
60.60 60.60
-
Resolving Insolvency 111 104 down
7
39.40 39.80 down
0.40

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

DB 2017 Rank: 151

DB 2016 Rank: 153

Change in Rank: up2

DB 2017 DTF (% points): 57.19

DB 2016 DTF (% points): 56.42

Change in DTF (% points): up0.77

STANDARDIZED WAREHOUSE
Estimated value of warehouse: UGX 92,896,585
City: Kampala
Indicator Uganda Sub-Saharan Africa OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 18.0 14.5 12.1
Time (days) info_outline 122.0 155.6 152.1
Cost (% of warehouse value) info_outline 9.0 7.6 1.6
Building quality control index (0-15) info_outline 8.0 7.2 11.3
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
    1

    Hire an independent private company to prepare the environmental impact assessement

    Agency: Private Company

    Preparation of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) is carried out by independent private firms recognized and licensed by National Environment Management Authority. Fees are incurred for the preparation of the EIA; the cost would range from UGX 5,000,000 to UGX 15,000,000, depending on the project complexity and site conditions.
    21 days UGX 5,000,000
    2

    Obtain a search letter from the KCCA

    Agency: Kampala Capital City Authority

    A search letter is first carried out to ascertain the ownership of the land and that there are no encumbrances on this land. It must be no more than 3 months old.
    Once this confirmation is received, the process of requesting a building permit may start.
    30 days UGX 10,000
    * 3

    Request and obtain approval from National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)

    Agency: National Environment Management Authority

    NEMA requires an environmental impact assessment preliminary report to be undertaken on a project prior to its construction. Only consultants registered by NEMA are allowed to provide environmental impact assessment submissions, whether as an EIA project report or a full EIA study. The lead environmental expert must be registered with NEMA.

    The environmental consultant requires to provide a complete set of architectural drawings to accompany the compiled EIA project report.
    21 days UGX 1,250,000
    * 4

    Receive onsite inspection by members of NEMA

    Agency: National Environment Management Authority

    1 day no charge
    5

    Obtain assessment of the plans by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA)

    Agency: Kampala Capital City Authority

    KCCA provides a preliminary assessment or screening of the general plans. KCCA gives feedback on the planning process for the project before proceeding to the next approval stage of the full plan.
    3 days no charge
    6

    Request and obtain approval of plans and receive building permit

    Agency: Kampala Capital City Authority

    All construction sites are required to provide for hoarding around the site of the works for the duration of the construction period.

    A Technical Review Team (TRT) comprising of engineers, physical planners, environmental officers, and architects has been developed to visit the construction site within one week after the application has been submitted. They are expected to start conducting inspections in the coming year.
    30 days UGX 1,400,600
    7

    Request and obtain hoarding permit

    Agency: Kampala Capital City Authority

    The hoarding permit requires a separate application. It takes on average 2 weeks after the application to be obtained. KCCA calls the customer to pick up the permit.
    14 days no charge
    * 8

    Request and obtain the "job card"

    Agency: Kampala Capital City Authority

    The constructor will apply for a job card, which is basically a commencement of work. KCCA will inspect the construction site and then will give a letter to commence construction and also a “Job Card” which is then signed during the various stages of construction inspection.
    14 days no charge
    9

    Notify and receive inspection after building foundation work

    Agency: Kampala Capital City Authority

    There are several main inspections during construction:
    1. First inspection is during the pouring of the foundation
    2. Second inspection is during the installation of steel bars and foundation concrete
    3. Floor inspection – for each floor, during the critical elements of building – ie, suspended floor columns.
    4. Inspection after drainage and damp proofing work (this inspection might not happen often in practice)

    1 day no charge
    10

    Notify and receive inspection after structural work

    Agency: Kampala Capital City Authority

    BuildCo calls KCCA to inform of completion of each stage of construction and the inspectors come and inspect and sign on job card. Inspectors are usually available and inspect within 2-3 days of being called.
    1 day no charge
    11

    Notify and receive inspection after the completion of the first floor

    Agency: Kampala Capital City Authority

    BuildCo calls KCCA to inform of completion of each stage of construction and the inspectors come and inspect and sign on job card. Inspectors are usually available and inspect within 2-3 days of being called.
    1 day no charge
    12

    Notify and receive inspection after the completion of the second floor

    Agency: Kampala Capital City Authority

    BuildCo calls KCCA to inform of completion of each stage of construction and the inspectors come and inspect and sign on job card. Inspectors are usually available and inspect within 2-3 days of being called.
    1 day no charge
    13

    Notify and receive inspection after drainage and damp proofing work

    Agency: Kampala Capital City Authority

    BuildCo calls KCCA to inform of completion of each stage of construction and the inspectors come and inspect and sign on job card. Inspectors are usually available and inspect within 2-3 days of being called.
    1 day no charge
    14

    Notify of the completion of construction and receive a final inspection

    Agency: Kampala Capital City Authority

    BuildCo calls KCCA to inform of completion of each stage of construction and the inspectors come and inspect and sign on job card. Inspectors are usually available and inspect within 2-3 days of being called.
    1 day no charge
    * 15

    Request provision of water and sewerage services

    Agency: National Water & Sewerage Corporation

    New connection can be applied for online.The information entered is processed and a surveyor sent to the customer's premise to determine the material requirements. Connection expenses are calculated by the surveyor based on the connection type, distance from the mains, whether it is a new connection or a separation of account. NWSC caters for connection expenses within 50 meters, beyond that, the customer caters for any extra meters. The customer is given a payment advise slip and pays new connection fees, whose amount depends on the size of the service for instance, ½, ¾, 1 inch connection. When all the above has been done the customer is connected to NWSC service(s) by staff in charge. No official fee schedule, cost is calculated by NWSC based on the connection.
    1 day UGX 600,000
    16

    Receive survey inspection from the National Water & Sewerage Corporation

    Agency: National Water & Sewerage Corporation

    1 day no charge
    17

    Connect to water and sewerage

    Agency: National Water & Sewerage Corporation

    14 days no charge
    * 18

    Request and obtain occupation permit

    Agency: Local Authority

    BuildCo submits a signed certificate to the local authority stating that the building has been constructed in compliance with the approved plans. It can then receive the occupation permit.
    14 days UGX 80,000

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 8.0
    Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 1.0
    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. 0.0
    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 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, final inspection is done by government agency. 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) 0.0
    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) 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