Construction Permission

Obtain cadastral survey map from Land Settlement Office

Agency: Land Settlement Office

BuildCo needs to obtain a cadastral map from the Land Settlement office. The fee to obtain the smallest area map, equivalent to a neighborhood, is 350 Takas.

Time and cost: 3 days, BDT 350

Obtain Land Use Clearance

Agency: RAJUK (Capital Development Authority) and City Corporation

To obtain clearance, BuildCo must present proof of land ownership and the cadastral maps showing the exact site location. An anticorruption drive of the interim government of Bangladesh stemmed from massive violations of building regulations on one hand and collapse of buildings with casualties on the other hand impacted the work of some areas of construction regulation.

Time and cost: 45 days, BDT 1,000

Obtain soil test report

Agency: Private Company

An external firm is generally hired for conducting a soil test.

Time and cost: 24 days, BDT 59,500

Obtain project clearance from the local authority (Ward Commissioner, Dhaka City Corporation)

Agency: Dhaka City Corporation

To obtain the local authority’s approval, BuildCo must submit an application with the proposed design plans. The approval may take anywhere from 3 to 7 days.

Time and cost: 3 days, no charge

Obtain project clearance from the Environmental Directorate

Agency: Environmental Directorate

The Environmental Directorate of Rajuk issues three types of clearances based on the type of establishment: green (nonpolluting), orange (low polluting), and red (high polluting). To obtain a project clearance, the following documents are required, depending on the environmental category:

  • Approval from the Ward Commissioner, Dhaka City Corporation
  • Project profile, feasibility report, and drawings
  • Land ownership documents
  • Cadastral survey map and location map
  • Trade license (copy)
  • Registration of the Board of Investment (copy)
  • EIA/ IEE/ EMP Report
  • Fees payable to DOE

Time and cost: 30 days, BDT 10,000

Obtain fire safety clearance

Agency: Fire Department

Time and cost: 15 days, BDT 8,000

Obtain clearance from Dhaka Electricity Supply Co (DESCO)

Agency: Dhaka Electricity Supply Co (DESCO)

BuildCo must obtain the clearance from Dhaka Electricity Supply Co (DESCO) for the electrical plans.

Time and cost: 15 days, no charge

Obtain water and sanitation clearance

Agency: Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA)

The plumbing plans must be cleared by the relevant agencies.

Time and cost: 15 days, no charge

Request and receive inspection from the City Development Authority (RAJUK)

Agency: City Development Authority (RAJUK)

Before the building permit is issued, the authorized officers must visit the site to ascertain its location according to the drawings and maps. However, with only a handful of officers and a massive number of applications, it is extremely difficult to comply with the original 30-day time limit established by the government. The procedure still takes 2 — 5 months on average.

Time and cost: 60 days, no charge

Request and obtain project clearance and building permit from the City Development Authority (RAJUK)

Agency: City Development Authority (RAJUK)

The approving panel of the City Development Authority (RAJUK) meets weekly to discuss cases. In early 2007, officials in the Ministry of Works imposed a 30-day time limit on the process. Applicants must obtain all relevants clearances, water, sanitation, electricity and a fire safety clearance certificate before applying for the building permit.

Each agency that provides approval is given a 7-day time limit, but it is generally not complied with.

The required documents are: (1) proof of ownership, (2) land use clearance from RAJUK, (3) clearances from Fire Department and Environment for non residential construction

Time and cost: 105 days, BDT 8,300

Receive random inspection from the City Development Authority (RAJUK)

Agency: City Development Authority (RAJUK)

According to the 2006 National Building Code, Section II, chapter 3, all inspections during construction are carried out by a structural engineer who must sign the certificate of supervision. There are one or two random inspections for an average project. However, a building officer from the City Development Authority may carry out one random inspection during construction to verify that the work is being done according to the approved plans

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Submit notice of completion and obtain Occupancy Permit

Agency: City Development Authority (RAJUK)

According to the 2006 National Building Code, chapter 3, section 3.3.4, the completion notice must be signed by the structural engineer who has supervised the entire construction phase. The notice of completion certifies that the building has been built in compliance with the existing regulations. The authorities may or may not inspect the building. It is only after receipt of this completion notice that the certificate of conformity can be issued.

Time and cost: 21 days, BDT 1,000

Request water and sewerage connection

Agency: Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA)

BuildCo must first submit an application to get a new water connection from the Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority.

Time and cost: 10 days, BDT 30,000

Receive Site Inspection for Water Connection

Agency: Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority

A utilities inspection is required before water and sewerage connections can be approved in order to verify feasibility of connection to water grid.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Obtain Water Connection

Agency: Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority

The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority will install the water meter and connect the construction to the water and sewerage grid once all conditions have been met.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Receive inspection by tax inspector from Dhaka City Corporation upon completion of construction

Agency: Dhaka City Corporation

A tax inspector from the Dhaka City Corporation visits the site to assess the completed building. No appointment is necessary and there are no fees paid. The tax authority then sends the annual tax bill which will arrive 30 days later.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge