Abu Dhabi Municipality hosts workshop on building permit system

The workshop focussed on the improvements that have been made to Abu Dhabi’s unified building permits electronic system

The workshop was attended by contractors, consultants, and developers.
The workshop was attended by contractors, consultants, and developers.

Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) recently hosted an engineering workshop on the emirate’s unified building permits electronic system, it has been announced.

According to ADM, the workshop focussed on the improvements that have been made to Abu Dhabi’s Municipal Electronic Permitting System (MePS).

A questionnaire was distributed during the event, which was attended by contractors, consultants and developers, to assess the system’s performance and identify the areas of improvement.

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The workshop also reviewed the current application forms for obtaining service approvals for land plots, as well as preliminary and preparatory approvals.

This was in addition to showcasing the proposed amendments, domestic permits, and soil improvement applications, which now include drilling, retaining walls, drainage, foundations, and soil improvement, ADM revealed in a statement.

The interim permits were reportedly opened on the unified electronic system for non-development projects, where the contractor work authorisation and issuance phase is part of the same application submitted by the project contractor.

The modifications made to the system also included the cancellation of the initial review in all amendment permits for housing projects.

ADM further revealed that a “radical change” has been made to the application method for public, construction, and architectural projects, including interior decoration, wall height, building colours, and facades design and cladding.

Other improvements introduced include demolition permits, maintenance permits, work permits, and existing facility usage certificate.

Moreover, in order to cut transaction processing time, the municipality said that it will be cancelling the initial review for housing projects after the lapse of a one-month trial period, explaining that it will rely on the final review procedure instead.

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