Construction Permission

Obtain a proof of title of property for the land

Agency: Real Estate Registry of Luanda

Before obtaining the proof of title, BuildCo must also obtain the Usufruct of the Land from the Instituto de Planeamento e Gestao Urbana de Luanda. This is often a time-consuming procedure taking up to one year or more. However, it is assumed in the case study that BuildCo already owns the land.

BuildCo must obtain a proof of title of property for the land from the Real Estate Registry in Luanda. An updated certificate of the property (“certidão predial”) is obtained from the relevant Real Estate Registry. It sets out a full description of the property, including information on its owner and any charges, liens or encumbrances pending on the property.

The total fee for the “certidão predial” includes: stamp duty (calculated according to the Law on Stamp Duty); justice fees (calculated according to the Law on Justice Fees); fees to justice officers (according to the set contributions for the Justice budget); notary fees and other fees. The total fee is also dependent on the current value of the fiscal unit (UCF).

Time and cost: 7 days, AOA 4,500

Submit an environmental impact study

Agency: Ministry of Environment

According to Article 5 of Decree No. 51/04 of July 23, 2004, every project (private or public) must present an Environmental Impact Study (“Estudo de Impacte Ambiental”) to the Ministry of Environment for their approval.

Time and cost: 15 days, no charge

Obtain permission to build from Fire Department

Agency: Fire Department

The fees, varying according to project size and location, must be paid to the fire department. To estimate the fees, the fire department requires details about the warehouse location. The fees are not regulated by any official fee schedule.

Time and cost: 5 days, AOA 1,500

Obtain environmental impact study clearance

Agency: Ministry of Environment

Once the Environmental Impact Study is submitted, it is sent directly to the concerned authority by the Ministry of Environment for further study. If the project is approved, a license is issued to the applicant. This license must be presented to obtain the building permit.

Time and cost: 30 days, no charge

Request license to build from the Provincial Government

Agency: Provincial Government

To obtain the license to build, BuildCo must file its application and all required documents with the Provincial Government.

Time and cost: 60 days, AOA 13,200

Receive on-site inspection from the Provincial Government

Agency: Provincial Government

After receiving the application for construction permit, the Urban Department (Luanda Province) visits the prospective site to confirm whether the applicant’s information is accurate.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Request and receive final inspection by provincial authorities

Agency: Provincial Government

Once the building is completed, the Luanda provincial government conducts a final inspection. Several departments (the fire department, the engineering department, and the town services department) and provincial authorities conduct the final inspection jointly and issue their technical opinions. After the inspection, the occupancy permit will be issued.

Time and cost: 30 days, AOA 2,000

Request and obtain occupancy permit

Agency: Provincial Government

BuildCo. will request an occupancy permit authorizing it to use the warehouse.

Time and cost: 30 days, no charge

Register the building with the Real Estate Registry

Agency: Real Estate Registry of Luanda

The Real Estate Registry charges building registration fees that are in line with taxes assessed on the building by the tax authorities.

Time and cost: 21 days, AOA 105,600

Request water and sewerage connection

Agency: Empresa Provincial de Agua de Luanda (EPAL)

To request a water and sewage connection, BuildCo must send a letter to the public sector water company in Luanda (Empresa Publica de Aguas de Luanda, EPAL). Along with the letter, the developer must submit a certificate of building location and a copy of the building permit. The connection fees vary according to warehouse size.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Receive water inspection

Agency: Empresa Provincial de Agua de Luanda (EPAL)

A technical inspection will be conducted by EPAL to ensure that the conditions for a new water connection are met.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Obtain water and sewerage connection

Agency: Empresa Provincial de Agua de Luanda (EPAL)

EPAL will complete the connection works to the water and sewerage systems and install the water meter.

Time and cost: 10 days, AOA 300,000