Construction Permission

Obtain a survey plan of the land

Agency: Licensed land surveyor

One of the requirements to request and obtain the Planning Permission of Building works is to submit a survey plan of the land.

Time and cost: 16 days, XCD 1,500

Obtain outline planning permission

Agency: Development and Planning Corporation (D & PC)

The Development and Planning Corporation outlines the planning permission to BuildCo, to the latter can initiate the building permit request.

Time and cost: 56 days, XCD 50

Obtain planning permission

Agency: Development and Planning Corporation (D & PC)

With the outline issued, BuildCo. obtains the planning permission from the Development and Planning Corporation.

Time and cost: 90 days, XCD 1,000

Request and receive inspection of building setout with approved setbacks

Agency: Development and Planning Corporation (D & PC)

According to the Building Code, nine inspections should be conducted during the construction process. Each inspection occurs within 48 hours of being requested by the contractor for review. However, only three occur in practice. There are no fees for the inspections.

Time and cost: 3 days, no charge

Request and receive inspection of substructure (foundation)

Agency: Development and Planning Corporation (D & PC)

BuildCo. receives an inspection that will review the foundations.

Time and cost: 3 days, no charge

Request and receive inspection of framing for roof

Agency: Development and Planning Corporation (D & PC)

BuildCo. receives an inspection that will review the structures for the completion of roof.

Time and cost: 3 days, no charge

Request water and sewage connection

Agency: Dominica Water and Sewage Company (DOWASCO)

Once the inspections during construction are done, BuildCo. can request the water and sewage services to the utility company.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Receive water and sewage inspection

Agency: Dominica Water and Sewage Company (DOWASCO)

After the request is made, BuildCo. receives the inspection for both services.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Obtain water and sewage connection

Agency: Dominica Water and Sewage Company (DOWASCO)

Once both inspections are cleared, BuildCo. receive both services.

Time and cost: 14 days, XCD 240

Receive final inspection

Agency: Physical Planning Division

With all these installation in place, BuildCo. is apt to receive a final inspection by the Physical Planning Division.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Obtain certificate of occupancy

Agency: Physical Planning Division

Finally, BuildCo. obtains the certificate of occupancy.

Time and cost: 3 days, no charge