Construction Permission

Request and obtain a new land survey

Agency: Private Company

Time and cost: 3 days, USD 400

Request and obtain a historic preservation clearance permit from the Office of Historic Preservation and Cultural Affairs

Agency: Office of Historic Preservation and Cultural Affairs (HPO)

An application form is filled out and submitted along with the following documents:

  • A topographical map showing project location
  • A plot plan that shows the project in relation to property boundaries
  • Excavation and grading plans, where applicable

If the project is likely to cause problems, the Historic Preservation Office (HPO) might visit the site during the building process. BuildCo must report anything it finds to the HPO.

Time and cost: 7 days, no charge

Receive inspection by the Department of Land and Natural Resources

Agency: Department of Land and Natural Resources

If the land is located in a well-known area, officials might not come to inspect.

Time and cost: 3 days, no charge

Request earthmoving permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Required documents are the HPO permit, lease, land owner’s permission, and a full set of plans/drawings. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determines whether the project should be raised at the board meeting. The board meets once a month. Generally EPA permits are required only for earthmoving or sewer installation.

An earthmoving permit is required whenever earthworks are carried out by mechanical means. If deemed necessary by the EPA, a detailed plan must be submitted, indicating, but not limited to, the amount of earth to be moved, drainage, disposal, and erosion control. The EPA also carries out inspections if a septic tank is used, and the EPA requires plans of the tank and leach field. Prior to the issuance of any permits, a percolation test is also required for the area where the leach field is located.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Receive inspection from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA inspects the sewerage system if a water tank is used.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Obtain earthmoving permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Time and cost: 15 days, USD 100

Obtain assessments from the local municipality where the project is located

Agency: Municipality of Nett

Time and cost: 15 days, no charge

Obtain assessment from the Division of Forestry and Marine

Agency: Division of Forestry and Marine

Time and cost: 15 days, no charge

Obtain land use application clearance from the Division Management and Administration of Public Trust Lands

Agency: Division Management and Administration of Public Trust Lands

Time and cost: 3 days, no charge

Obtain building permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Time and cost: 15 days, USD 25

Receive safety inspection

Agency: Ministry of Labor and Immigration

Officials from the Ministry of Labor and Immigration may inspect the site if construction activity is in progress. It is mandatory to provide insurance for foreign workers. Insurance for local workers is voluntary.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Apply for water and sewage connection

Agency: Pohnpei Utilities Corporation (PUC)

The Central Water Supply System of the Pohnpei Utilities Corporation (PUC) services the urban center of the Pohnpei State as well as the nearby areas of Sokehs, Nett, Uh Municipality and a portion of Madolenihmw Municipality along the main roads. Its raw water supply line consists of 15,170 ft of 16” HDPE, 2,990 ft of DI Pipe and 12,180 ft of 12” AC pipe. The potable water is distributed through a network of 2 inches to 12 inches diameter pipelines extending approximately 43 miles.

The PUC also manages the wo independent wastewater treatment systems that operate in Micronesia.

In order for a new building to connect to the existing water supply and drainage system the applicant must file a copy of the land lease, the HPO and the EPA permits.

Time and cost: 1 day, USD 500

Receive inspection from the Pohnpei Utilities Corporation (PUC)

Agency: Pohnpei Utilities Corporation (PUC)

The Pohnpei Utilities Corporation will inspect the new construction to review the technical conditions for water and sewerage connections.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Obtain water and sewage connection

Agency: Pohnpei Utilities Corporation (PUC)

The water meter is installed approximately 35 days after the inspection is conducted by the Pohnpei Utilities Corporation.

Time and cost: 35 days, no charge