Business Reforms for Dealing with Construction Permits

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

Albania

DB 2015:

Albania made dealing with construction permits easier by resuming the issuance of construction permits and by consolidating the land permit and construction permit into a single construction development permit.


DB 2012:

In Albania dealing with construction permits became more difficult because the main authority in charge of issuing building permits has not met since April 2009.


Algeria

DB 2010:

Algeria enhanced its construction permitting process by introducing new regulations aimed at improving the administration of the process and at ensuring the safe and timely completion of construction projects.


Angola

DB 2009:

Angola made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating the requirements for approvals from the water and electricity companies.


Argentina

DB 2015:

Argentina made dealing with construction permits more costly by increasing several fees.


Armenia

DB 2012:

Armenia made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating the requirement to obtain an environmental impact assessment for small projects.


DB 2009:

Armenia made dealing with construction permits easier by abolishing the requirement to pay “charitable contributions” in order to obtain design rights.


Australia

DB 2010:

Australia reduced the time needed for dealing with construction permits by streamlining procedures.


Azerbaijan

DB 2014:

Azerbaijan adopted a new construction code that streamlined procedures relating to the issuance of building permits and established official time limits for some procedures.


Bahamas, The

DB 2015:

The Bahamas made dealing with construction permits more costly by increasing the building permit fees.


Bahrain

DB 2010:

Bahrain made dealing with construction permits easier by further consolidating preliminary approvals for building permits in the one-stop shop and reducing the time needed to obtain a building permit.


Belarus

DB 2010:

Belarus made dealing with construction permits easier by simplifying the environmental and project design approval processes.


DB 2009:

Belarus made dealing with construction permits easier by revising the statutory time limits for issuance of preapproval clearances and building permits and by eliminating the building permit fees.


Benin

DB 2013:

Benin reduced the time required to obtain a construction permit by speeding up the processing of applications.


DB 2011:

Benin created a new municipal commission to streamline construction permitting and set up an ad hoc commission to deal with the backlog in permit applications.


DB 2009:

In Benin an administrative backlog in the Municipality of Cotonou resulted in longer waits to obtain a building permit.


Bosnia and Herzegovina

DB 2012:

Bosnia and Herzegovina made dealing with construction permits easier by fully digitizing and revamping its land registry and cadastre.


DB 2010:

Bosnia and Herzegovina improved its construction permitting system by reducing the time needed to register a new building at the courts and land cadastre.


DB 2009:

Bosnia and Herzegovina made dealing with construction permits easier by speeding up procedures at the cadastre and land book registry and reducing the cost of a new telephone connection.


Botswana

DB 2014:

Botswana made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating the requirement for an environmental impact assessment for low-risk projects.


Brunei Darussalam

DB 2015:

Brunei Darussalam made dealing with construction permits easier by consolidating final inspections.


DB 2013:

Brunei Darussalam made dealing with construction permits easier by creating a one-stop shop for preconstruction approvals.


Bulgaria

DB 2009:

Bulgaria made dealing with construction permits more complicated by increasing the fees, time and number of procedures for obtaining construction-related approvals.


DB 2008:

Bulgaria made dealing with construction permits easier by adopting new legislation clarifying the process.


Burkina Faso

DB 2012:

Burkina Faso made dealing with construction permits less costly by reducing the fees to obtain a fire safety study.


DB 2011:

Burkina Faso made dealing with construction permits easier by cutting the cost of the soil survey in half and the time to process a building permit application by a third.


DB 2010:

Burkina Faso made dealing with construction permits easier by establishing a one-stop shop for processing building permits in Ouagadougou.


DB 2009:

Burkina Faso made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating random inspections during construction and by introducing a new one-stop shop for building permits, which reduced approval fees and combined several separate payments into one.


Burundi

DB 2014:

Burundi made dealing with construction permits easier by establishing a one-stop shop for obtaining building permits and utility connections.


DB 2013:

Burundi made obtaining a construction permit easier by eliminating the requirement for a clearance from the Ministry of Health and reducing the cost of the geotechnical study.


DB 2012:

Burundi made dealing with construction permits easier by reducing the cost to obtain a geotechnical study.


Cameroon

DB 2014:

Cameroon made dealing with construction permits more complex by introducing notification and inspection requirements. At the same time, Cameroon made it easier by decentralizing the process for obtaining a building permit and by introducing strict time limits for processing the application and issuing the certificate of conformity.


Central African Republic

DB 2013:

The Central African Republic made obtaining a construction permit more costly.


China

DB 2013:

China simplified the process of obtaining a construction permit by streamlining and centralizing preconstruction approvals.


DB 2008:

China reduced delays in dealing with construction permits by introducing electronic processing of applications for building permits and allowing construction companies to apply for safety certificates online.


Colombia

DB 2011:

Colombia eased construction permitting by improving the electronic verification of prebuilding certificates.


DB 2010:

Colombia made dealing with construction permits easier by introducing regulations that categorize building projects on the basis of risk and allow electronic verification for certain documents.


DB 2009:

Colombia made dealing with construction permits easier by fully adopting the “silence is consent” rule and by introducing a new unified application form for building permits.


Congo, Dem. Rep.

DB 2015:

The Democratic Republic of Congo made dealing with construction permits more costly by increasing the building permit fee.


DB 2012:

The Democratic Republic of Congo reduced the administrative costs of obtaining a construction permit.


DB 2011:

Dealing with construction permits became easier in the Democratic Republic of Congo thanks to a reduction in the cost of a building permit from 1% of the estimated construction cost to 0.6% and a time limit for issuing building permits.


Congo, Rep.

DB 2013:

The Republic of Congo made dealing with construction permits less expensive by reducing the cost of registering a new building at the land registry.


Costa Rica

DB 2014:

Costa Rica made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating procedures, improving efficiency and launching an online platform that streamlined the building permit process by integrating different agencies’ approval processes.


DB 2013:

Costa Rica streamlined the process for obtaining construction permits by implementing online approval systems.


Côte d'Ivoire

DB 2014:

Côte d’Ivoire reduced the time required for obtaining a building permit by streamlining procedures at the onestop shop (Service du Guichet Unique du Foncier et de l’Habitat).


DB 2011:

Côte d’Ivoire eased construction permitting by eliminating the need to obtain a preliminary approval.


Croatia

DB 2015:

Croatia made dealing with construction permits easier by reducing the requirements and fees for building permits and carrying out the final building inspection more promptly.


DB 2011:

Croatia replaced the location permit and project design confirmation with a single certificate, simplifying and speeding up the construction permitting process.


DB 2010:

Croatia improved its construction permitting process through the operation of a one-stop shop and enforcement of the building code.


DB 2009:

Croatia made dealing with construction permits easier through a new building code that eliminated several procedures for obtaining a building permit—though other changes caused an administrative backlog for building and occupancy permits that increased the overall time required.


Czech Republic

DB 2010:

The Czech Republic streamlined its construction permitting process by reducing the internal processing time for registering new plots.


DB 2008:

The Czech Republic reduced the time required for dealing with construction permits by adopting a new building act and implementing several regulations aimed at simplifying the construction permitting process.


Denmark

DB 2014:

Denmark made dealing with construction permits more costly by increasing the fee for building permits.


Djibouti

DB 2015:

Djibouti made dealing with construction permits less time-consuming by streamlining the review process for building permits.


DB 2012:

Djibouti made dealing with construction permits costlier by increasing the fees for inspections and the building permit and adding a new inspection in the preconstruction phase.


Dominican Republic

DB 2015:

The Dominican Republic made dealing with construction permits more costly by increasing the building permit fees.


Egypt, Arab Rep.

DB 2010:

Egypt made dealing with construction permits easier by issuing executive articles implementing its new construction law and by eliminating most preapprovals for building permits.


DB 2009:

Egypt made dealing with construction permits easier through a new building code establishing a single window for processing construction-related approvals.


DB 2008:

Egypt made dealing with construction permits less costly by reducing the fee for registering a new building.


Estonia

DB 2011:

Estonia made dealing with construction permits more complex by increasing the time for obtaining design criteria from the municipality.


Fiji

DB 2013:

Fiji made obtaining a construction permit more expensive by implementing a fee for the fire department clearance.


DB 2009:

Fiji made dealing with construction permits more difficult through new regulations that added new procedures related to health, fire safety, and water and sewerage connections.


Gabon

DB 2014:

Gabon made dealing with construction permits easier by reducing the time required to obtain a building permit and by eliminating the requirement for an on-site inspection before construction starts.


Georgia

DB 2010:

Georgia made dealing with construction permits easier by simplifying the process of obtaining confirmation from utilities, introducing a risk-based approval process for building permits and setting new time limits for issuance of the occupancy certificate.


DB 2008:

Georgia made dealing with construction permits easier by implementing a one-stop shop for utility connections, simplifying the procedures for obtaining an occupancy permit and eliminating the requirement for several documents.


Ghana

DB 2015:

Ghana made dealing with construction permits less time-consuming by streamlining the process to obtain a building permit.


Greece

DB 2013:

Greece reduced the time required to obtain a construction permit by introducing strict time limits for processing permit applications at the municipality.


Guatemala

DB 2014:

Guatemala made dealing with construction permits easier by streamlining procedures through the creation of a one-stop shop, backed by agreements between institutions and agencies involved in the permitting process.


DB 2013:

Guatemala made dealing with construction permits easier by introducing a risk-based approval system


DB 2010:

Guatemala made dealing with construction permits easier through a new land management plan that simplified the risk-based approval process for building permits and through new zoning regimes that speeded up the approval process.


DB 2008:

Guatemala made dealing with construction permits less time consuming by accelerating the issuance of decisions by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.


Guinea

DB 2013:

Guinea made obtaining a building permit less expensive by clarifying the method for calculating the cost.


DB 2011:

Guinea increased the cost of obtaining a building permit.


Haiti

DB 2012:

Haiti made dealing with construction permits costlier by increasing the fees to obtain a building permit.


Honduras

DB 2015:

Honduras made dealing with construction permits more costly by increasing the building permit fees.


DB 2010:

Honduras reduced the time required for dealing with construction permits by streamlining administrative processes in the Construction Control Department.


DB 2008:

Honduras made dealing with construction permits easier through administrative changes reducing the time required to obtain an environmental license from the Ministry of Natural Resources and to obtain approval for a telephone line.


Hong Kong SAR, China

DB 2010:

Hong Kong SAR, China, reduced the time required to obtain a building permit by establishing a one-stop center that brings together 6 local departments and 2 private utility companies under the same roof.


DB 2009:

Hong Kong SAR, China, made dealing with construction permits easier through the “Be the Smart Regulator” Program addressing business licenses in multiple sectors, which eliminated some procedures related to building inspections and preapprovals.


Hungary

DB 2011:

Hungary implemented a time limit for the issuance of building permits.


Iceland

DB 2011:

Iceland made dealing with construction permits more costly by increasing the fees to obtain the design approval and receive inspections.


India

DB 2013:

India reduced the time required to obtain a building permit by establishing strict time limits for preconstruction approvals.


Indonesia

DB 2008:

Indonesia made dealing with construction permits easier by implementing a new building regulation that revoked earlier provisions on the time period to complete building permits—leading to a reduction in the time to obtain a building permit.


Iran, Islamic Rep.

DB 2010:

The Islamic Republic of Iran made dealing with construction permits easier by introducing electronic service offices in Tehran; streamlining the process of obtaining location approvals, building permits and building completion certificates; and reducing the time needed to obtain water and electricity connections.


Jamaica

DB 2009:

Jamaica reduced the time required for dealing with construction permits by introducing a statutory time limit for the issuance of building permits.


Japan

DB 2012:

Japan made dealing with construction permits costlier by increasing inspection fees.


Jordan

DB 2010:

Jordan made dealing with construction permits easier by extending the services of the one-stop shop in Greater Amman to midsize commercial construction projects.


Kazakhstan

DB 2011:

Kazakhstan made dealing with construction permits easier by implementing a one-stop shop related to technical conditions for utilities.


DB 2010:

Kazakhstan made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating the requirement to pay for a new electrical connection, tightening time limits for the issuance of building permits and reducing the cost of topographic surveys.


Kenya

DB 2015:

Kenya made dealing with construction permits more costly by increasing the building permit fees.


DB 2010:

Kenya made dealing with construction permits more costly by raising fees.


DB 2008:

Kenya made dealing with construction permits easier by simplifying procedures, improving efficiency in issuing permits and reducing the cost of obtaining a telephone connection.


Kosovo

DB 2015:

Kosovo made dealing with construction permits easier by establishing a new phased inspection scheme and substantially reducing the building permit fee.


DB 2014:

Kosovo made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating the requirement for validation of the main construction project, eliminating fees for technical approvals from the municipality and reducing the building permit fee.


Kuwait

DB 2008:

Kuwait reduced the time required for dealing with construction permits by introducing an automated system for issuing technical approvals for utility connections.


Kyrgyz Republic

DB 2010:

The Kyrgyz Republic made dealing with construction permits easier by streamlining the fee structure, introducing a risk-based system of approval and construction supervision, allowing low-risk projects to take responsibility for construction supervision and simplifying the process of obtaining utility connections.


DB 2009:

The Kyrgyz Republic made dealing with construction permits easier by introducing a one-stop shop for procedures relating to building permits, more strictly defining time limits for issuance of approvals and clarifying the responsibilities of construction authorities and local municipalities.


Latvia

DB 2014:

Latvia made dealing with construction permits easier by introducing new time limits for issuing a building permit and by eliminating the Public Health Agency’s role in approving building permits and conducting inspections.


Liberia

DB 2010:

Liberia made dealing with construction permits easier by reducing the building permit fee and eliminating the requirement to obtain a tax waiver certificate before submitting a building permit application. In addition, the cost of obtaining a power generator declined, and with the reopening of Libtelco fixed telephone connections became more readily available.


DB 2009:

Liberia reduced the time needed to obtain a building permit by introducing a 30-day statutory time limit and eliminating the requirement for the signature of the minister of public works—while also cutting the building permit fees by half.


Lithuania

DB 2015:

Lithuania made dealing with construction permits easier by reducing the time required for processing building permit applications.


Macedonia, FYR

DB 2014:

FYR Macedonia made dealing with construction permits easier by reducing the time required to register a new building and by authorizing the municipality to register the building on behalf of the owner.


DB 2012:

FYR Macedonia made dealing with construction permits easier by transferring oversight processes to the private sector and streamlining procedures.


DB 2010:

FYR Macedonia reduced the time required for dealing with construction permits through changes in the permitting process.


DB 2008:

FYR Macedonia reduced the time required for dealing with construction permits by speeding up the issuance of certificates of landownership.


Madagascar

DB 2015:

Madagascar made dealing with construction permits easier by reducing the time needed to obtain a building permit.


Malawi

DB 2013:

Malawi made dealing with construction permits more expensive by increasing the cost to obtain the plan approval and to register the property.


Malaysia

DB 2014:

Malaysia made dealing with construction permits easier by establishing a one-stop shop.


DB 2013:

Malaysia made dealing with construction permits faster by improving the one-stop center for new buildings and by reducing the time to connect to telephone service.


Mali

DB 2015:

Mali made dealing with construction permits easier by reducing the time needed to obtain a geotechnical study.


DB 2011:

Mali eased construction permitting by implementing a simplified environmental impact assessment for noncomplex commercial buildings.


DB 2010:

Mali made dealing with construction permits easier by speeding up the process for obtaining a water connection.


Malta

DB 2014:

Malta made dealing with construction permits less costly by significantly reducing the building permit fees.


Mauritania

DB 2012:

Mauritania made dealing with construction permits easier by opening a one-stop shop.


DB 2009:

Mauritania introduced its first building code, which simplifies the requirements for small construction projects and lays the groundwork for a one-stop shop for building permits.


Mauritius

DB 2008:

Mauritius made dealing with construction permits easier by combining procedures for getting a development permit and building permit and by setting an official time limit for processing the dual permit application.


Mexico

DB 2012:

Mexico made dealing with construction permits faster by consolidating internal administrative procedures.


Mongolia

DB 2014:

Mongolia made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating the requirement for a technical review of the building plans by the state for low- and medium-risk construction projects.


Montenegro

DB 2015:

Montenegro made dealing with construction permits substantially less costly by reducing the fee for the provision of utilities on construction land and eliminating the fee for obtaining urban development and technical requirements from the municipality.


DB 2014:

Montenegro made dealing with construction permits easier by introducing a one-stop shop and imposing strict time limits for the issuance of approvals.


DB 2013:

Montenegro made construction permitting less costly by reducing the cost of pre-construction and post-construction procedures


DB 2010:

Montenegro improved its construction permitting system by implementing a new construction law, reducing the number of procedures, providing for new mechanisms of building permit approval and building control and introducing a risk-based approval system in which small-scale projects are handled by the local municipality.


DB 2009:

Montenegro made dealing with construction permits more difficult by introducing stricter environmental compliance requirements, which led to an administrative backlog and an increase in the time required. In addition, a new method for calculating fees led to an increase in the cost.


Morocco

DB 2012:

Morocco made dealing with construction permits easier by opening a one-stop shop.


DB 2008:

Morocco made dealing with construction permits easier by introducing a one-stop shop, which reduced the time required for permit applications.


Mozambique

DB 2014:

Mozambique made dealing with construction permits easier by improving internal processes at the Department of Construction and Urbanization—though it also increased the fees for building permits and occupancy permits.


Nepal

DB 2015:

Nepal made dealing with construction permits easier by implementing a new electronic building permit system.


Netherlands

DB 2013:

The Netherlands made dealing with construction permits simpler by merging several approvals and implementing an online application system.


DB 2010:

The Netherlands improved its construction regulation process through a new spatial planning law.


New Zealand

DB 2010:

New Zealand made dealing with construction permits more costly by raising fees.


Nigeria

DB 2008:

Nigeria made dealing with construction permits easier by setting an official time limit for issuing permits


Norway

DB 2013:

Norway reduced the time required to obtain a building permit by implementing strict time limits for construction project approvals.


Panama

DB 2013:

Panama made dealing with construction permits easier by reducing the fees for a permit from the fire department’s safety office and by accelerating the process at the building registry for obtaining a certificate of good standing and for registering the new building.


DB 2010:

Panama made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating some procedures and simplifying others.


Paraguay

DB 2012:

Paraguay made dealing with construction permits easier by implementing a risk-based approval system and a single window for obtaining construction permits.


DB 2011:

Paraguay made dealing with construction permits easier by creating a new administrative structure and a better tracking system in the municipality of Asunción.


Peru

DB 2013:

Peru made obtaining a construction permit easier by eliminating requirements for several preconstruction approvals.


DB 2011:

Peru streamlined construction permitting by implementing administrative reforms.


Philippines

DB 2014:

The Philippines made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating the requirement to obtain a health certificate.


DB 2011:

The Philippines made construction permitting more cumbersome through updated electricity connection costs.


Poland

DB 2014:

Poland made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating the requirement to obtain a description of the geotechnical documentation of the land.


Portugal

DB 2013:

Portugal made obtaining construction permits easier by implementing strict time limits to process urban projects and simplifying the associated procedures.


DB 2012:

Portugal made dealing with construction permits easier by streamlining its inspection system.


DB 2011:

Portugal made it easier dealing with construction permits by implementing the 95 day time limit for the approval of project designs.


DB 2010:

Portugal made dealing with construction permits easier by introducing an improved fire safety appraisal system for new construction projects and faster registration of new buildings.


DB 2009:

Portugal made dealing with construction permits easier by allowing online applications for building permits, assigning officers to each application and simplifying approvals—though it also introduced stricter control of labor regulations, adding a new procedure for inspection during construction.


Puerto Rico (U.S.)

DB 2015:

Puerto Rico (territory of the United States) made dealing with construction permits easier by introducing the option of hiring authorized private professionals to carry out the fire safety recommendations and issue the fire safety and environmental health certificates.


DB 2012:

Puerto Rico (territory of the United States) made dealing with construction permits easier by creating the Office of Permits Management to streamline procedures.


Qatar

DB 2012:

Qatar made dealing with construction permits more difficult by increasing the time and cost to process building permits.


Romania

DB 2011:

Romania amended regulations related to construction permitting to reduce fees and expedite the process.


DB 2010:

Romania made dealing with construction permits more costly by introducing a new fee.


Russian Federation

DB 2014:

Russia made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating several requirements for project approvals from government agencies and by reducing the time required to register a new building.


DB 2013:

Russia made obtaining a construction permit simpler by eliminating requirements for several preconstruction approvals.


DB 2011:

Russia eased construction permitting by implementing a single window for all procedures related to land use.


DB 2008:

Russia made dealing with construction permits more expensive by increasing the cost—though at the same time it implemented several laws reducing the time and number of procedures required. The Russian Federation made dealing with construction permits more expensive by increasing the cost, and at the same time implemented several laws that reduces steps and time to obtain a construction permit.


Rwanda

DB 2015:

Rwanda made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating the fee for obtaining a freehold title and by streamlining the process for obtaining an occupancy permit.


DB 2014:

Rwanda made dealing with construction permits easier and less costly by reducing the building permit fees, implementing an electronic platform for building permit applications and streamlining procedures.


DB 2011:

Rwanda made dealing with construction permits easier by passing new building regulations at the end of April 2010 and implementing new time limits for the issuance of various permits.


DB 2009:

Rwanda made dealing with construction permits easier by streamlining project clearances for the second year in a row—combining the procedures for obtaining a location clearance and a building permit in a single application form—and by introducing a single application form for water, sewerage and electricity connections.


DB 2008:

Rwanda made dealing with construction permits easier by decentralizing the permit system—which reduced the time for getting a building permit and an occupancy permit—and by reducing the time for obtaining an electricity connection.


Samoa

DB 2015:

Samoa made dealing with construction permits more costly by increasing the building permit fees.


São Tomé and Príncipe

DB 2013:

São Tomé and Príncipe made obtaining a construction permit more expensive by increasing the fees.


DB 2012:

São Tomé and Príncipe made dealing with construction permits easier by reducing the time required to process building permit applications.


Saudi Arabia

DB 2011:

Saudi Arabia made dealing with construction permits easier for the second year in a row by introducing a new, streamlined process.


DB 2010:

Saudi Arabia made dealing with construction permits less time consuming by introducing a 1-day permitting procedure that enables builders to obtain a temporary building permit allowing them to begin construction after 1 day and a final building permit after 1 week.


Senegal

DB 2015:

Senegal made dealing with construction permits less time-consuming by reducing the time for processing building permit applications.


DB 2012:

Senegal made obtaining a building permit more expensive by increasing the cost.


Serbia

DB 2009:

In Serbia an administrative backlog at the Belgrade Municipality’s Construction Department increased the time required for obtaining building permits.


Sierra Leone

DB 2011:

Sierra Leone made dealing with construction permits easier by streamlining the issuance of location clearances and building permits.


DB 2009:

Sierra Leone made dealing with construction permits easier by better enforcing the rules and regulations on risk-based inspections during construction and by issuing a schedule of inspections together with the building permit.


Singapore

DB 2010:

Singapore made dealing with construction permits easier through new workplace safety and health regulations allowing companies in low-risk industries to submit documents online.


DB 2009:

Singapore made dealing with construction permits easier by improving internal data management and processing at agencies involved in the permitting process.


Slovenia

DB 2014:

Slovenia made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating the requirement to obtain project conditions from the water and sewerage provider.


Solomon Islands

DB 2010:

The cost of dealing with construction permits increased significantly in the Solomon Islands as a result of fee increases and high prices for construction materials.


Sri Lanka

DB 2014:

Sri Lanka made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating the requirement to obtain a tax clearance and by reducing building permit fees.


DB 2010:

Sri Lanka made dealing with construction permits more difficult by increasing some fees and adding a procedure.


St. Kitts and Nevis

DB 2015:

St. Kitts and Nevis made dealing with construction permits more costly by increasing the building permit fees.


Taiwan, China

DB 2013:

Taiwan, China, made dealing with construction permits easier by introducing a risk-based and self-regulatory inspection system and improving operational features of the one-stop shop for building permits.


DB 2012:

Taiwan (China) made dealing with construction permits easier by creating a one-stop center.


Tajikistan

DB 2015:

Tajikistan made dealing with construction permits less costly by reducing the fee to obtain the architectural planning assignment.


DB 2010:

Tajikistan made dealing with construction permits easier and less time consuming by eliminating several procedures.


DB 2009:

In Tajikistan dealing with construction permits became more time consuming because of administrative backlogs and more costly because of an increase in fees.


Tanzania

DB 2013:

Tanzania made dealing with construction permits more expensive by increasing the cost to obtain a building permit.


DB 2010:

Tanzania made dealing with construction permits more difficult by introducing changes that resulted in additional procedures and cost.


Thailand

DB 2015:

Thailand made dealing with construction permits less time-consuming by introducing a fast-track approval process for building permits for smaller buildings.


Togo

DB 2014:

Togo made dealing with construction permits easier by improving internal operations at the City Hall of Lomé.


Tonga

DB 2009:

Tonga made dealing with construction permits easier by simplifying procedures and reducing the time needed to obtain a building permit.


Trinidad and Tobago

DB 2012:

Trinidad and Tobago made dealing with construction permits costlier by increasing the fees for building permit approvals.


Turkey

DB 2014:

Turkey reduced the time required for dealing with construction permits by setting strict time limits for granting a lot plan and by reducing the documentation requirements for an occupancy permit.


DB 2013:

Turkey made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating the requirement to build a shelter in nonresidential buildings with a total area of less than 1,500 square meters.


Ukraine

DB 2014:

Ukraine made dealing with construction permits easier by introducing a risk-based approval system, eliminating requirements for certain approvals and technical conditions and simplifying the process for registering real estate ownership rights.


DB 2011:

Ukraine made dealing with construction permits easier by implementing national and local regulations that streamlined procedures.


DB 2009:

Dealing with construction permits in Ukraine became more costly because of the introduction of an infrastructure tax and more time consuming because of an administrative backlog.


United Arab Emirates

DB 2010:

The United Arab Emirates made dealing with construction permits less time consuming by improving its online system for obtaining no-objection certificates, building permits and completion certificates.


United Kingdom

DB 2012:

The United Kingdom made dealing with construction permits easier by increasing efficiency in the issuance of planning permits.


DB 2010:

The United Kingdom made dealing with construction permits easier and less time consuming through wider use of approved inspectors.


Uzbekistan

DB 2011:

Uzbekistan increased all fees for procedures relating to construction permits.


DB 2010:

Uzbekistan made dealing with construction permits less costly by reducing the building permit fees.


Vanuatu

DB 2013:

Vanuatu made obtaining a construction permit more cumbersome by making a preliminary environmental assessment mandatory and made it more expensive by increasing the fees.


DB 2012:

Vanuatu made dealing with construction permits more difficult by increasing the number of procedures and the cost to obtain a building permit.


Vietnam

DB 2011:

Vietnam made dealing with construction permits easier by reducing the cost to register newly completed buildings by 50% and transferring the authority to register buildings from local authorities to the Department of National Resources and Environment.


West Bank and Gaza

DB 2009:

Dealing with construction permits became more costly in West Bank and Gaza as a result of rising prices for construction materials and price indexation.


Zambia

DB 2008:

Zambia made dealing with construction permits easier by reducing the time required to obtain utility connections.


Zimbabwe

DB 2009:

In Zimbabwe instability and severe administrative backlogs led to an increase in cost for all procedures relating to construction permits and to delays in approvals.


DB 2008:

Zimbabwe made dealing with construction permits more difficult by imposing inspections by the chief building inspector or deputy chief inspector—and made it more expensive by increasing the fees because of inflation. Meanwhile, obtaining water connections from local authorities became more time consuming.


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