Construction Permission

Request Develop Land Permission from Town and Country Planning Department and receive approval

Agency: Town & Country Planning Department

The following documents are required for the Develop Land Permission:

  • Three copies of the application reform
  • Design plans
  • Elevation plan
  • Site plan
  • Location plan
  • Copy of certificate of registration by the architect

An approved seal/stamp of the Architect’s Registration Board must be affixed on all accompanying drawings. No proof of ownership needs to be attached. Town and Country Planning gets internal clearance from Department of Transport. No construction can start until this application gets approved, which leads to delays in construction.

After passing the front desk, the application must be forwarded to a number of agencies for clearance. The Town Planning Department obtains all these clearances internally (since 1972): Ministry of Transport (for the road), Building Standard Authority, Chief Fire Officer, Coastal Zone Management Unit and Environment Protection Development Agency (EPD). It takes 14 — 21 days for the different agencies to provide their comments so they can finalize the building permit.

After obtaining all clearances, the application is forwarded to a planning assistant who takes 4 weeks to write his/her report. The assistant will send the report to the supervisor who could either be the decision officer or under the decision officer. If the application is incomplete, the supervisor will request additional information. It takes the supervisor 3 weeks to put his assessment in the report and send it to the senior town planner to issue a final decision. The building permit is 3 sheets of paper. It takes 2 weeks to issue the building permission from the senior town planner.

Time and cost: 270 days, BBD 2,094

Submit letter on commencement of construction

Agency: Town & Country Planning Deparment

This letter is issued once the permission is granted. Therefore, it cannot be a simultaneous procedure.

Time and cost: 1 day, BBD 100

Request and receive site inspection

Agency: Town & Country Planning Deparment

During the initial inspection, the inspector checks for compliance with site plan and drawings. All proposed works should be set out for inspection by an Officer of the TCDPO prior to the commencement of works. It is critical that all ‘line marks’/irons are visible at the time of the inspection in order to allow for accurate measurements.

Time and cost: 14 days, BBD 100

Request certificate of compliance

Agency: Town & Country Planning Deparment

This certificate is required once the inspection is conducted.

Time and cost: 1 day, BBD 150

Request and receive final inspection

Agency: Town & Country Planning Deparment

The inspector checks the height of the building (height as per plans).

Time and cost: 14 days, no charge

Receive certificate of compliance

Agency: Town & Country Planning Deparment

This certificate of compliance is only issued once the final inspections is conducted.

Time and cost: 49 days, no charge

Request water and sewage connection

Agency: Barbados Water Authority

Once the construction is finalized this procedure is done, and as a result, along with the application, BuildCo must submit copies of the approved drawings and the approved application (stamped). The Barbados Water Authority takes 3 to 4 weeks to conduct the connection. The utility workers can connect to water mains and install the meter based on drawings submitted. The customer does not need to be present during the connection process.

Time and cost: 1 day, BBD 50

Receive water and sewage inspection

Agency: Barbados Water Authority

Once the inspection has been requested, BuildCo. receives an examination from the utility company.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Obtain water and sewage connection

Agency: Barbados Water Authority

The reception of the water connection can only be done once the related inspection has been done.

Time and cost: 26 days, no charge