It is a huge relief for Real Estate developers who can now apply for construction permits and submit building plans for approval by the City Council online.
The City Council of Nairobi recently launched the e-construction permit Management System to make authorization of building constructions more efficient. A first in Africa, the system launched with the help of The World Bank, is fully automated and is expected to make authorization of building plans more efficient and faster.
According to Mr. David Gatimu, Assistant Director – Development Control, City Planning Department, the launch of this system comes at a time of serious planning challenge in the context of vision 2030. Kenya is experiencing rapid urbanization, with Nairobi bearing the brunt of the rural urban exodus. Vision 2030’s mid-term goal (2012) is to increase annual production of housing from the current 35,000 to wall over 200,000. The City Council has to position itself to cope with the challenge of considering and approving as many developments as possible in a structured manner.
It is with this in mind that all applicants for construction permits and plan approvals are required to use the Electronic Construction Permit Management System as of 12 January 2012 and make payments online. The e-permit has a wide range of benefits such as allowing architects to monitor progress of the review process, and applicants are notified via text messages and online when proposals are approved or complete milestones during the approval and evaluation of proposals.
The system can be accessed www.ccn-ecp.or.ke .