Construction Permission

Open a file in the Regional Municipality for a new construction project

Agency: Municipality of Industrial Area

Only certified engineers registered with the municipality can open a new file in the e-platform of their Buildings Department and initiate the process of obtaining a building permit for a commercial construction project. Using a unique user name and password, the registered engineer initiates the process by selecting the type of project the company intends to manage and uploads the following documents in digital form:

  • Ownership Certificate (Sanad Mulkiya)
  • Survey with Land Department Stamp
  • Authorization Form of Supervising Engineer
  • Copy of Qatari ID

The contact information of the supervising engineer is also updated, and additional building specifications are also inputted through the e-platform. Once all documents are uploaded the design control process is available for use by the authorized engineer.

Time and cost: 0.5 days, no charge

Obtain preliminary approval (Design Control 1) from the Municipality

Agency: Municipality of Industrial Area

The Design Control 1 approval process consists of the submission and review of architectural drawings which include the site plan with area statement, elevations and sections. The review process is coordinated by the municipality and involves the Life Safety Department of the Qatar Civil Defense General Directorate, the Electrical Civil Engineering Department of KAHRAMAA, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of urban Planning and Q-Rail if the project involves substantial underground excavations.

The applicant receives an online notification once the review is completed.

Time and cost: 10 days, no charge

Hire a licensed surveyor to visit the property and prepare the survey plan

Agency: Authorized Land Surveyor

A licensed surveyor is hired to prepare a survey plan which must be stamped and submitted along with all other documentation in order for the Engineering Design Control process to begin. The survey plan must show that the new constructed project will not be affecting the neighbors or public roads and include elevation, sections, boundary wall details and perspective.

Time and cost: 7 days, QAR 1,750

Obtain final building permit approval (Design Control II)

Agency: Municipality of Industrial Area

The Design Control II is coordinated by the Municipality but involves at least seven different authorities undertaking their own reviews of technical specifications and verifying compliance to building standards and regulations, including:

  • Installation department of Kahramaa
  • Water department of Kahramaa
  • Firefighting department of Civil Defense Authority
  • Mechanical Ventilation department of Civil Defense Authority
  • Drainage Department of Asghaal
  • Roads Department of Asghaal
  • Ooredoo (Telecoms)
  • Ministry of the Interior (for CCTV and surveillance)

The documents submitted include the following:

  • Survey Report
  • Structural Drawings
  • A3 and A4 forms
  • Electrical Site Plan
  • Service Site Plan (water layout)
  • Single Line Diagram (electrical layout)
  • Service Site Plan (showing connections to drainage system)
  • Fire Alarm Drawings, Calculations, data sheets
  • Access and egress to the site

The building permit fee must be paid online in order to obtain the final building permit, which allows applicant to immediately initiate construction. The building permit issuance obliges the supervising engineer to undertake inspections as required by the building code and ensure that all contractors are abiding by legally required safety standards. The building permit is valid for one year but an extension may be requested online.

Time and cost: 60 days, QAR 3,000

Obtain Advertising License

Agency: Municipality of Industrial Area

After obtaining approval, a public announcement board must be prepared and displayed at the boundary of the construction site showing the construction project details including the contact information of the supervising engineer and the building permit number. The advertising license number is a requirement in order to obtain a completion certificate, and a fine is imposed if no advertising license was obtained.

Time and cost: 1 day, QAR 675

Obtain final cadastral measurements of the warehouse at the Municipality of Industrial Area

Agency: Municipality of Industrial Area

The municipality conducts setback height and distance to public roads, and makes sure that the constructed building does not encroach into other properties. The inspection is done on site.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Submit final records of construction project to the Municipality

Agency: Municipality of Industrial Area

In order for final inspections to be completed, the registered engineer must upload to the e-platform the required materials, images of the constructed project and signed commitment that supervisory engineer complied with all relevant laws and regulations.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Receive final inspection

Agency: Municipality of Industrial Area

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Receive fire safety approval from the Civil Defense Department

Agency: Civil Defense Department

This approval requires the physical inspection by the Civil Defense Department representative to ensure that fire alarm and fire safety equipment is operational. After the inspection takes place the certificate is issued, usually in 2 – 3 days.

Time and cost: 3 days, no charge

Obtain certificate of completion from Municipality

Agency: Municipality of Industrial Area

A certificate of completion is issued two or three days after the final inspection of the Municipality takes place. The document is electronically stamped and available to the applicant for download through the e-platform.

Time and cost: 3 days, no charge

Request and receive Water Inspection

Agency: Kahramaa

Kahramaa will verify that the completed building matches the service site plan, the riser diagram, and the layout drawings submitted earlier.

Time and cost: 1 day, no charge

Obtain water connection

Agency: Kahramaa

The water supply is immediately available once Kahramaa installs the water meter.

Time and cost: 5 days, QAR 2,300

Obtain sewage connection

Agency: Ashghal

Ashghal inspects the construction project to verify that the works were properly done. If everything is in order, they will open the cap and sewerage can be used after the inspection is completed.

Time and cost: 5 days, no charge