Business Reforms for Dealing with Construction Permits

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

Albania

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 introduced new regulations to better administer the construction permitting process and ensure the timely and safe completion of construction projects.


Angola

DB 2009:

Angola made obtaining construction permits easier by reducing 2 procedures of getting approval from water and electricity companies, and reducing the time to deal with construction related approvals by 9 days.


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:

In May 2008, Mayor of Yerevan abolished ‘charitable contributions’ paid to obtain the right to design (APZ). This is a significant reduction AMD 3,000,000, especially given that it was not stipulated in any laws or normative acts, and served as severe impediment to obtaining a building permit


Australia

DB 2010:

Australia made obtaining a construction permit quicker 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.


Bahrain

DB 2010:

Bahrain made obtaining construction permits easier by further consolidating preliminary approvals for building permits in the One-Stop Shop; and reducing the time to obtain a building permit.


Belarus

DB 2010:

Belarus eased the process of dealing with construction permits by simplifying the project ecological expertise approval process and project design approval.


DB 2009:

Belarus made obtaining construction permits easier by revising the statutory time-limits for obtaining pre-approval clearances and building permit. As the result the overall time was reduced by 140 days. At the meantime, the building permit fees were eliminated thus cut total cost by BYR 575,000.


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:

An administrative backlog in the Municipality of Cotonou resulted in an increase of 78 days to obtain a building permit. New building regulations were passed in 2007 but are not yet in force.


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 building permitting system by reducing the time to register a new building at the courts and land cadastre.


DB 2009:

An administrative reform in obtaining cadastre and land book registry led to overall time reduction by 171 days. Costs for new telephone connection was reduced by Telecom provider by BAM 15.


Botswana

DB 2014:

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


Brunei

DB 2013:

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


Bulgaria

DB 2009:

Bulgaria made obtaining a construction permit more complicated by increasing the fees, time and procedures for obtaining approvals of construction related procedures.


DB 2008:

Bulgaria made obtaining a construction permit clearer by adopting new legislations.


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 eased the process of dealing with construction permits by establishing a one-stop shop for processing building permits in Ouagadougou.


DB 2009:

Burkina Faso eliminated random inspections during construction. It also introduced a new one-stop shop for building permits, which reduced approval fees and combined 5 separate payments into a single one. The reforms overall eliminated 17 procedures, reduced 12 days and decreased 430,000 F CFA of cost.


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 ecentralizing 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:

Beijing and Shanghai now process applications for construction permits electronically and allow construction companies to apply for safety certificates online, reducing delays.


Colombia

DB 2011:

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


DB 2010:

Colombia has eased the process of dealing with construction permits with a new construction decree that categorizes building projects based on risk and allows electronic verification for certain documents


DB 2009:

Colombia made obtaining construction permits easier by fully adopting the "silence-is-consent" that reduces the total time to deal with building permits by 32 days, and a new unified application form for building permits eliminated 1 procedure.


Congo, Dem. Rep.

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 one-stop 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 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 eased the process of dealing with construction permits with the operation of a one stop shop and enforcement of the building code.


DB 2009:

A new Building Code, enforced in October 2007 eliminated 5 procedures that are no longer required under the simplified process of building permit approval. However, new changes caused an administrative backlog for obtaining building and occupancy permits and increased the overall time by 20 days.


Czech Republic

DB 2010:

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


DB 2008:

The time to obtain licenses was reduced by passing a new Building Act and implementing several regulations aimed at simplifying the building process.


Denmark

DB 2014:

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


Djibouti

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.


Egypt

DB 2010:

Egypt continued to ease the process of dealing with construction permits with the issuance of the Executive Articles of the 2008 Construction Law, and eliminating most pre-approvals for construction permits.


DB 2009:

Egypt passed a new building code in 2008 that aims to establish a single window for processing construction related approvals and reduce procedures and time.


DB 2008:

Egypt made obtaining construction permits less expensive by reducing the fee for building registeration.


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:

The City Council adopted new regulations that added three new pre-approval procedures related to health, fire safety, and water and sewage 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 eased the process of dealing with construction permits with the introduction of a simplified process of obtaining confirmation from utilities, risk-based process of approval for building permits, and new time-limits for the occupancy certificate stage.


DB 2008:

Georgia made obtaining construction permits easier by implementing a one-stop shop for utility connections, simplifying the procedures of obtaining an occupancy permit, and eliminated several documents required during the permitting process.


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 eased the process of dealing with construction permits with a new land management plan that simplified the process of approval based on a risk assessment scheme, and mixed zoning regimes made the process of approval much faster.


DB 2008:

Guatemala made obtaining construction permits less time consuming by accelerating the issuance of the favorable decision.


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 2010:

Honduras eased the process of dealing with construction permits through various administrative reforms within the Construction Control Department that led to a reduction of 19 days from the process.


DB 2008:

Honduras made obtaining construction permits easier by implementing administrative reform that reduces the time to obtain an environmental license from SERNA and decreased the time to obtain approval for a phone line.


Hong Kong, China

DB 2010:

Hong Kong, China established a one-stop center allowing six local departments and two private utility companies to function under the same roof to expedite the process to obtain a construction permit.


DB 2009:

Hong Kong , China, made obtaining construction permits easier by introducing the “Be the Smart Regulator Program”, a large-scale improvement program for business licenses covering multiple business sectors, which reduced the time to deal with building permits by 36 days and eliminated 8 procedures related to inspections and pre-approvals


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 obtaining construction permits easier by implementing a new building regulation which specifically revoked the provisions on time period to complete building permits. As a result, the time to obtain a building permit decreased from 49 days to 21 days.


Iran

DB 2010:

Iran eased the process of dealing with construction permits with the introduction of e-service offices in Tehran, streamlining the process for obtaining location approvals, construction permits and building completion certificates, and the time to obtain water and electricity connections fell substantially.


Jamaica

DB 2009:

As part of an initiative to improve administrative efficiency, the Government introduced a statutory time limit for the issuance of building permits, reducing the time to build a warehouse by 80 days.


Japan

DB 2012:

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


Jordan

DB 2010:

Jordan eased the process of dealing with construction permits by extending the services of the one-stop shop at the Greater Amman to mid-size commercial construction projects in 2009.


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 eased the process of dealing with construction permits by eliminating the requirement to pay for new electrical connection, reduced the time-limits for building permits, and reduced cost to obtain topographic surveys.


Kenya

DB 2010:

Kenya has increased the cost of dealing with construction permit process.


DB 2008:

Kenya made obtaining construction permits easier by implementing licensing reform, which simplified the procedures. Also, the government improved the efficiency of permit issuance. The cost of telephone connection has been reduced as well.


Kosovo

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 made obtaining construction permits faster by introducing a new automated system for utility approvals and therefore reduced the total time.


Kyrgyz Republic

DB 2010:

The Kyrgyz Republic has eased the process of dealing with construction permits by streamlining the fee structure, introducing a risk-based system of approval and building control, allowing for low risk projects to undertake their internal building control process, and simplifying the process of obtaining utilities connections.


DB 2009:

Kyrgyzstan introduced a one-stop shop for the pre-design and building permit approval stages that relieved companies and individuals of the burden of dealing with multiple agencies at the stages of obtaining designing permit (APZ), construction license, and occupancy permit. Also, the new laws provide for stricter definition of time-limits backed by silence-is-consent rule. The clarification of responsibilities of construction authorities and local municipalities significantly reduces the need for overlapping procedures.


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 eased the process of dealing with construction permits by reducing the permit fee and cost of obtaining power generator, abolishing the requirement to obtain a tax waiver certificate before submitting documents to obtain a building permit, and fixed telephone connections have become more readily available for public use with the re-opening of LIBTELCO.


DB 2009:

Liberia reduced the time to obtain a building permit by 59 days, by introducing a 30 day statutory time limit and eliminating the Minister of Public Works’ signature on small to medium sized construction projects. Liberia also cut the building permit fees in half.


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 has been reforming the dealing with construction permit process resulting in time reduction.


DB 2008:

FYR Macedonia made obtaining contruction permits faster by reducing the time to issue land ownership certificate.


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 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 service delivery time for water connections by 30 days.


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. This simplifies the requirements for small construction projects and lays the groundwork for a one-stop shop for building permits.


Mauritius

DB 2008:

Mauritius made obtaining construction permits easier by combining procedures of getting development permit and building permit, and it also set up an official time frame to process the permit application.


Mexico

DB 2012:

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


DB 2011:

Mexico improved construction permitting by merging and streamlining procedures related to zoning and utilities.


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 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 the process of dealing with construction permits with a new construction law implemented, reducing procedures, providing for new mechanisms of construction permit approval and building control process in general, and introducing a risk-based system of approval, where small scale projects are controlled by local municipalities.


DB 2009:

To follow the best practices set by EU, Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Protection introduced stricter compliance requirements. However, it led to administrative backlog and increase of time by 43 days. Cost was increased by EUR 6,466 due to new methodology of calculation


Morocco

DB 2012:

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


DB 2008:

Morocco made obtaining construction permits easier by introducing a one-stop shop which made the permit application less time consuming.


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.


Netherlands

DB 2013:

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


DB 2010:

In the Netherlands, a new Spatial Planning Law was enacted to improve the construction regulation process.


New Zealand

DB 2010:

Fees related to the construction permitting process were increased in New Zealand.


Nigeria

DB 2008:

Nigeria made obtaining construction permits easier by setting up an official time frame of permit issuance, and introducing risk-based inspections. Meanwhile, a new building code is going to be implemented.


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 eased the process of dealing with construction permits by reducing and simplifying some of the procedures.


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 introduced an improved fire safety appraisal system for new construction projects, as well as faster registration of new buildings.


DB 2009:

A new law implemented in 2008 provides for on-line application, assigns officers for each application and simplifies approval for building permits. However, not all provisions are fully enforced and operational yet. Stricter control of labor regulations adds one procedure for inspection during construction.


Puerto Rico

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:

Cost of construction in Romania was increased because of a new fee equal to 0.05% of project value.


Russia

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:

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 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 streamlined project clearances for the second year in a row by combining the processes for obtaining a location clearance and building permit in a single application form. Rwanda also introduced a single application form for water, sewerage and electricity connections


DB 2008:

Rwanda made obtaining construction permits easier by decentralizing the permit system which reduced the total time of getting a building permit and an occupancy permit. Meanwhile, the total time to obtain electricity connection was decreased. The government also set up the requirement for waste management facilities and proper sewerage.


São Tomé and Principe

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 sped up the process of dealing with construction permits by introducing a 1 day permitting procedure, where builders can obtain a temporary building permit allowing them to begin construction after 1 day and a final building permit after 1 week.


Senegal

DB 2012:

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


Serbia

DB 2009:

An administrative backlog at the Construction Department of Belgrade Municipality increased the time for obtaining building permits by 75 days.


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 obtaining construction permits easier by enforcing risk-based inspections during construction. Also, a schedule of inspections is now issued together with building permit.


Singapore

DB 2010:

Singapore has further eased the process of dealing with construction permits with a new Workplace Safety & Health Regulations that allow low risk industries to submit documents on-line.


DB 2009:

Singapore made obtaining construction permits easier by improving internal electronic process of data management and processing.


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:

Due to fee increases and high prices on constructions materials, the cost for obtaining a construction permit increased significantly in the Solomon Islands.


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 the process of dealing with construction permits more difficult by increasing some fees and adding a procedure.


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 2010:

Tajikistan introduced changes that resulted in a less difficult construction permitting process with reduced procedures and time.


DB 2009:

Administrative backlogs in Tajikistan increased time for obtaining the location permit by 60 days and increased fees by TJS 593.


Tanzania

DB 2013:

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


DB 2010:

Tanzania introduced changes that resulted in a more difficult construction permitting process with additional procedures and cost.


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 obtaining construction permits easier by simplifying procedures and reducing the time to deal with building permits by 15 days.


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:

All new construction projects are now obliged to pay an infrastructure tax which increases the overall cost by UAH 212,865.7. Administrative backlog caused by delayed signing of First Deputy Head of Kiev City increase time by 33 days.


United Arab Emirates

DB 2010:

The United Arab Emirates continued to improve it's online system for processing building permits, which sped up building permit delivery times.


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 eased the process of dealing with construction permits with the wider use of Approved Inspectors, resulting in a reduction of time and number of steps.


Uzbekistan

DB 2011:

Uzbekistan increased all fees for procedures relating to construction permits.


DB 2010:

Uzbekistan made obtaining construction permit less expensive 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:

Rising prices for construction materials and price indexation increased the cost of dealing with building permits by ILS 14,923.499.


Zambia

DB 2008:

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


Zimbabwe

DB 2009:

Instability and severe administrative backlog led to increase of costs for all construction permit related procedures by USD 14,851.7 and delays in approvals by 474 days.


DB 2008:

Zimbabwe made obtaining construction permits more difficult by imposing inspections by Chief Building Inspector or Deputy Chief Inspecptor, which would take longer time. It also increased the fees due to inflation. Meanwhile, it is more time consuming to obtain water connections from local authorities.


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