INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING PERMIT IN CAMEROON
Around the Globe, the construction of buildings is well regulated through building regulations and controls put in place to secure health, safety, aesthetics, and town planning goals thus making it imperative to discuss on applying for a building permit in Cameroon. Whilst the building regulations would normally set out to establish the legal requirements and standards for the design and construction of buildings, building control refers to statutory and routine checks at various phases of building works to certify compliance with building regulations.
In this article, we shall discuss obtaining a construction permit in Cameroon
WHAT DOES A BUILDING PERMIT IN CAMEROON DO?
A Building Permit in Cameroon is an official approval issued by the local government agency that allows you or your contractor to proceed with construction or remodeling projects on your property, whether residential or commercial property.
WHAT CATEGORIES OF BUSINESSES REQUIRE PLANNING PERMITS?
The law appears to be reticent on the class of business that requires a Building permit in Cameroon. However, upon a careful examination of the regulations, it does appear that any person involved in the business of building construction, and development of properties will be regulated by this regulation. Thus, it is our considered view that real estate companies come under the scope of businesses that require this license.
PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING CONSTRUCTION PERMITS IN CAMEROON
The procedure for obtaining construction permit in Cameroon is complex but can be summarized as follows;
- Get Architectural drawings
- Get a survey plan
- Get structural drawings with detailing (Calculations and letter of structural stability from a certified engineer
- Get title documents, tax clearance, and the Government fee
- Submission of documents to the district office and payment
- Confirmation of receipt at the accurate department of the district office
- Site inspection from the ministry of physical planning and urban development.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR BUILDING PERMITS IN CAMEROON (COUNCIL)
The additional requirements for building permits in Cameroon, especially at the level of the Council are as follows;
- Town planning certificate
- Hygiene and sanitation
- Payment Quittance
APPLYING FOR A BUILDING PERMIT IN CAMEROON
Applying for a building permit in Cameroon can be made by the property owner or the developer. However, it is safer to use the service of a legal practitioner. As a firm with recorded success in obtaining construction permits in Cameroon of this kind, we are well aware of how to avoid unnecessary and complicated administrative procedures which constitute bottlenecks without breaching any aspect of the law.
HOW MUCH A BUILDING PERMIT COST
In determining how much a building permit cost, is determined by the following factors;
- Cost of the building
- Cost of Quittance
- Town planning certificate
- Cost of G+2 OR G+3 Soil test ( for stores buildings)
- Commission fee
- Inspection fee
Ensure you have all the necessary documents especially tax and structural drawings papers to avoid unnecessary delay in the approval process
After the approval of the building plan, a copy of the approved building plan must be kept on-site for inspection at all times during the construction period.
Article by Barr. Mafany victor Ngando
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