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Ease of Doing Business in

Vanuatu

Vanuatu Download Profile (1717.2KB, pdf)
Region East Asia & Pacific
Income Category Lower middle income
Population 264,652
GNI Per Capita (US$) 2,873
City covered Port Vila

190

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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 83 88 up
5
63.66 61.45 down
2.21
Starting a Business 126 147 up
21
81.24 75.51 up
5.73
Dealing with Construction Permits 134 135 up
1
61.91 61.57 up
0.34
Getting Electricity 81 75 down
6
72.00 71.80 up
0.20
Registering Property 81 80 down
1
65.63 65.63
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Getting Credit 20 29 up
9
75.00 70.00 up
5.00
Protecting Minority Investors 106 129 up
23
50.00 43.33 up
6.67
Paying Taxes 54 51 down
3
80.60 80.60
-
Trading across Borders 145 145
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56.27 56.27
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Enforcing Contracts 130 128 down
2
51.13 51.13
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Resolving Insolvency 93 111 up
18
42.85 38.63 up
4.22

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

DB 2017 Rank:

134

DB 2016 Rank:

135

Change in Rank:

up1

DB 2017 DTF (% points):

61.91

DB 2016 DTF (% points):

61.57

Change in DTF (% points):

up0.34

STANDARDIZED WAREHOUSE
Estimated value of warehouse VUV 15,559,954
City Port Vila
Indicator Vanuatu East Asia & Pacific OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 14 15.0 12.1
Time (days) info_outline 64 134.1 152.1
Cost (% of warehouse value) info_outline 7.8 2.1 1.6
Building quality control index (0-15) info_outline 5 8.7 11.3
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
    1

    Request and obtain preliminary environmental assessment

    Agency: Department of Environmental Protection & Conservation (DEPC)

    According to the Law on Environment published in the Official Gazette on August 13, 2011, it is mandatory to obtain a preliminary environmental impact assessment (EIA) conducted by the Department of Environmental Protection & Conservation (DEPC). If no full EIA is required, an approval may be granted with conditions. This is a requirement prior to having all other departments involved in clearing the permit application.

    15 days VUV 20,000
    2

    Request building permit and pay application fee

    Agency: Town Planning and Building Division

    BuildCo must submit the plans and specifications along with a copy of the lease title (as urban land in Vanuatu belongs to the government). During this process, the approval from 5 departments will be needed:
    • Public Works Department
    • Department of Land, Survey and Registry
    • Geology and Mines Department
    • Fire Department
    • Physical Planning Department -- located in the Municipality

    The following documents must be submitted to these agencies:
    • Floor plan
    • Elevation plan
    • Cross section plan
    • Detail plan of ring beam and roof structure – details of next floor must also be provided since this building has one ground floor and 1 level
    • Services layout plan (electricity, plumbing lines, power point)
    • Septic tank Plan
    • Site plan
    • Location plan
    • Copy of survey plan
    • Copy of front page of lease document

    The application fee is a fixed fee of VUV 10,000.00.

    1 day VUV 10,000
    3

    Obtain approval from the Public Works Department

    Agency: Public Works Department

    This is the office that would verify the safety of the building. Plans are checked.

    5 days no charge
    * 4

    Obtain approval from the Department of Land, Survey and Registry

    Agency: Department of Land, Survey & Registry

    This office will check that the land lease fees have paid and that the lease type and location are accurate.

    3 days no charge
    * 5

    Obtain approval from the Geology and Mines Department

    Agency: Geology and Mines Department

    This office will check whether the soil is suitable for construction based solely on the location of the intended building.

    2 days no charge
    * 6

    Obtain approval from the Fire Department

    Agency: Fire Department

    This office will check the fire safety requirements of the building.

    1 day no charge
    * 7

    Obtain approval from the Physical Planning Department

    Agency: Physical Planning department

    2 days no charge
    8

    Pay building permit fee and obtain building permit

    Agency: Town Planning and Building Division

    Payment for the construction permit itself is made when the Town Council has approved the permit. The Town Council will meet only if there are more than 10 applications for approval.

    The fee for a construction permit is VUV 875.00 per sq. m. for commercial or industrial constructions.

    30 days VUV 1,138,025
    9

    Notify the Town Planning and Building Division of commencement of work

    Agency: Town Planning and Building Division

    According to Article 14, Section 4 of the Building Act 2013, BuildCo must notify the Town Planning and Building Division about the intended commencement of work 7 days before starting construction.

    1 day no charge
    10

    Request and receive inspection for excavation for a foundation

    Agency: Town Planning and Building Division

    According to Article 14, Section 4 (b) (i) of the BuildingAct 2013, the builder or his representative must notify the Town Planning and Building Division 7 days before the intended covering up of the excavation for foundation.

    1 day no charge
    11

    Request and obtain connection to water services from UNELCO

    Agency: UNELCO Vanuatu Ltd.

    UNELCO is the sole provider of water and electricity and all requests for connection must be made in person.

    7 days VUV 25,000
    12

    Request certificate of completion from Town Planning and Building Division (Port Vila Municipality)

    Agency: Town Planning and Building Division

    1 day VUV 13,000
    13

    Receive inspection from Town Planning and Building Division (Port Vila Municipality)

    Agency: Town Planning and Building Division

    The Town Planning Unit, Port Vila Municipality would issue a certificate of completion upon performing an inspection. A VUV 13,000.00 fee must be paid for this certificate.

    1 day no charge
    14

    Obtain completion certificate

    Agency: Town Planning and Building Division

    1 day no charge

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Building quality control index (0-15) 5.0
    Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 1.0
    How accessible are building laws and regulations in your economy? (0-1) They must be purchased; 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; Fees to be paid; Required preapprovals. 1.0
    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) 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) 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