Dubai: 11,000 building permits issued in 2016
Building permit procedures in the emirate have also been streamlined to five steps, with plans for an e-system to facilitate approvals in the pipeline, officials said
More than 11,000 building permits were issued in Dubai last year, it has been revealed.
In addition, building permit receipt procedures have been streamlined to five steps by a Dubai authority.
Dubai’s Committee for Building Permit Procedures Development said it has made "significant progress" in achieving its objective of speeding up investor procedures and enhancing the emirate's investment environment.
The Committee was formed in February 2017 by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Assistant director-general of engineering and planning at Dubai Municipality, Daoud AbdulRahman Al Hajri, who heads the committee, revealed the number of permits issued in the emirate last year.
Al Hajri said that in less than two months since its creation, the Committee has simplified the procedure for obtaining a building permit to just five steps, in line with international standards.
Meetings were held with key construction sector parties in Dubai, including developers, contractors, engineering specialists, and consultants.
The programme's next phase will focus on the development of an electronic system that would involve all construction sector-authorities in Dubai.
Set to serve as a 'one-stop shop', the platform will receive all permit requests and facilitate processes and approvals through all concerned authorities.
Al Hajri said the system would allow investors, contractors, and consultants to follow up on the status of their permit request.
Concerned authorities are required to approve the request in a short period of time if all required documentation has been submitted.
The system will be implemented in free zones and special development zones, and supported by an app for smart phones.
The second phase of the Committee’s work will focus on unifying construction standards in Dubai through a list that is currently under development.
Private sector players and real estate developers will be encouraged to participate in the next phase through the registration of new building materials, Dubai Media Office reported.