Construction Permission

Obtain lot plan and a certificate of registration

Agency: Cadastre – Direction des Domaines et Conservation foncière

BuildCo must obtain a certified zoning map and a certificate of registration in order to apply for a permis de remblai.

Time and cost: 2 days, no charge

Apply and obtain a “permis de remblai” (embankment) at the Direction de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme

Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development (Direction de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme)

To apply and obtain an embankment permit, BuildCo must submit:

  • A letter
  • A registration certificate issued by the Direction des Domaines et de la Conservation Fonciere
  • A location plan/urbanisme plan issued by the cadastre service at the Direction des Domaines et de la Conservation Fonciere

Upon this request, the Direction de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme will issue a “permis de remblai” and its volume.

Time and cost: 7 days, no charge

Apply for the certificate of compliance for embankment

Agency: Direction de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme

Once the works for the embankment are authorized, BuildCo must request the certificate of compliance from the Direction de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme (DHU). In order to do so, BuildCo must file a copy of the permis de remblai and an application letter.

DHU will inspect the site to verify that the specifications for the embankment were respected. If satisfied, the request for a certificate of compliance is transmitted to the Laboratoire Central du Bâtiment et de l’Equipement (LCBE). LCBE will verify the compactness of the soil.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Receive inspection to verify the compactness of the embankment from the LBCE

Agency: LBCE- Laboratoire Central du Bâtiment et de l’Equipement

The LBCE — Laboratoire Central du Bâtiment et de l’Equipement — will inspect the embankment.

If LBCE is satisfied that the compactness is adequate, they will transmit the signed request to DHU for the issuance of the certificate of compliance for the embankment.

Time and cost: 1 day, DJF 90,000

Obtain certificate of compliance for the embankment (certificat de conformite de remblai)

Agency: Direction de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme

Once the signed document from LBCE is received, the Direction de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme will issue the certificate of compliance (certificat de conformité de remblai) for BuildCo.

Time and cost: 14 days, no charge

Request and obtain final ground plans (plan de masse cadastral)

Agency: Sous Direction de la Conservation Foncière (de la Direction des Domaines et de la Conservation Foncière)

After obtaining the permit and certificate of compliance for the embankment, BuildCo must request and obtain the final ground plans at the Sous Direction de la Conservation Foncière (de la Direction des Domaines et de la Conservation Foncière). A tax on embankment must be paid.

This map defines the boundaries of the land and must be attached to the application for the building permit, or else the application will not be accepted by the DHU. Sub-Directorate of Lands and Land Conservation will identify a date to issue the Plan de Masse Cadastral and the final pegs installation on the lot.

Time and cost: 7 days, DJF 83,610

Obtain building permit

Agency: Direction de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme

BuildCo must submit 6 copies of the file for the building permit request to the DHU (Direction de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme).

The 2.5% tax that the company must pay is divided as follows:

  • 1.5% for analysis of the request for the building permit
  • 1.0% for the surveillance of the concrete structure (study and works)

Time and cost: 15 days, DJF 480,759

Request and receive foundation inspection from the Direction de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme, Sous-direction Contrôle et Réglementation

Agency: Direction de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme, Sous-direction Contrôle et Réglementation

The works begin when the concrete plans are accepted by the Sous-direction Contrôle et Réglementation. An inspection takes place when slabs are laid. This procedure is not mandatory but is standard practice.

Time and cost: 14 days, no charge

Receive first concrete test from the LBCE- Laboratoire Central du Bâtiment et de l’Equipement (at foundation level)

Agency: LBCE- Laboratoire Central du Bâtiment et de l’Equipement

Construction testing occurs at each phase of the building process. Concrete crushing test is done at 7 days, then at 14 days and final one at 21 days.

Time and cost: 7 days, DJF 172,800

Receive second resistance test from the LBCE- Laboratoire Central du Bâtiment et de l’Equipement (for the ground level)

Agency: LBCE- Laboratoire Central du Bâtiment et de l’Equipement

This is the second concrete crushing test done 7 days after the first one.

Time and cost: 7 days, no charge

Receive final resistance test from the LBCE- Laboratoire Central du Bâtiment et de l’Equipement (for the first level)

Agency: LBCE- Laboratoire Central du Bâtiment et de l’Equipement

This is the final concrete crushing test done 7 days after the second test was done.

Time and cost: 7 days, no charge

Request and receive an electrical certificate of compliance

Agency: Direction de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme

To obtain the certificate of conformity after construction is complete, it is mandatory to obtain an electrical certificate of compliance issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The electrical certificate of compliance can be requested once the internal wiring is done in compliance with the standards.

Officers from the Sous-Direction de l’Urbanisme will conduct a site visit and the electrician will explain the internal wiring to the officers. The inspection takes place one day after the request for the certificate of compliance. After 1-2 days, the Sous-Direction de l’Urbanisme issues the electrical certificate of compliance.

Time and cost: 4 days, no charge

Request and receive an earthquake certificate issued by the Direction de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme

Agency: Direction de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme

To obtain the certificate of conformity after construction is complete, it is mandatory to obtain an earthquake certificate issued by the Direction de l’Habitat et l’Urbanisme. BuildCo can request this certificate by visiting the agency in person. The earthquake certificate is obtained as soon as the different slabs have been casted from the Sous-Direction Contrôle de la Direction de l’Habitat et de l’Urbanisme on the basis of “good casting.” The certificate is issued the next day after verification of compliance with seismic standards. BuildCo does not have to wait for the completion of the construction to request this certificate.

Time and cost: 2 days, no charge

Request and receive an alignment certificate

Agency: Direction des Domaines et de la Conservation Foncière

To obtain the certificate of conformity after construction is complete, it is mandatory to obtain an alignment certificate issued by the Direction des Domaines et de la Conservation Foncière.

Time and cost: 2 days, no charge

Request and receive water and sewage connection

Agency: Office Nationale des Eaux de Djibouti (ONED)

BuildCo is responsible for laying the pipes and connecting them to the main line. The water company provides the meter at no charge.

Time and cost: 60 days, USD 500

Submit all certificates of compliance and obtain final certificate of compliance (certificat de conformité)

Agency: Ministry of Housing (Ministère de l’Habitat)

Compliance of new construction is confirmed by the issuance of a Certificate of General Conformity issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development at the end of the work.

This certificate attests the conformity of the building in accordance to the approved building permit. Several compliance certificates must be submitted: earthquake, sanitation, alignment, foundation and electrical

Time and cost: 14 days, no charge