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Transparency in Business Regulation

The data on the accessibility of regulatory information, collected between January and August 2012, measures how easy it is to access fee schedules for 4 regulatory processes in the largest business city of an economy: registering a new company, obtaining a building permit, connecting a business to electricity and transferring property. Fee schedules are considered easily accessible if they can be obtained either through the website of the relevant agency or through public notices (e.g., brochures or notice boards) available at the agency or a related one, without a need to meet with an official. They are considered not easily accessible if they can be obtained only by meeting with an official.

For incorporation fees the relevant agency is the company registry; for building permit fees, the building department; for electricity connection fees, the distribution utility or electricity regulator; and for property transfer fees, the property registry. The data was collected with the support of USAID.