Construction Permits in Malawi

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Need to know construction permits in Malawi?

Yes! Then read on.

The assumption is you have acquired a property in Malawi.  And you now want to construct a property on that land.

What do you need?

Well, this post answers the question above.

It highlights 7 steps followed before starting construction of a property in Malawi.

construction permits in Malawi

1. Building Plans

First and foremost, you need to complete buildings plans.

Building plans are technical representations of the property you want to construct.

Making building plans is best done by licensed architects. Every successful construction work starts with good building plans.

Once a licensed architect draws the building plans, a registered engineer should sign them.  After an engineer signs the plans, then, you proceed to the next step.

2. Fill an application form to develop the land

The next is completion of application forms to develop the land.  You are also required to complete the by – laws application form.

If the forms are filled successfully, then submit them to the city council. The submission of the forms goes together with a fee.

How much is the fee? The amount of the fee you pay depends on the size of the land. And the assessed value of the land.

Basically, the implication is that a large property with high assessed value will attract a big application fee. On the other hand, small property with less assessed will attract a small application fee.

3. Approval of the building plans

The third step is to apply to the technical panel for building plans approval. A plan that meets the minimum standards is approved. However, technical panel rejects sub-standard plans for amendments.

The law requires that plans be approved or rejected within 60 days. Though, practically the duration for approval may take longer than 60 days.

A big hand to you if technical panel approves your building plans. You’re ready for the next step. It’s time to submit a project brief.

4. Submitting of a project brief

Before construction begins, a building company is required by law to submit a project brief to the council.

Basically, a project brief outlines the purpose, size, location and preliminary property designs. Furthermore, it includes things like nature of project and activities that shall be undertaken.

5. Call for Inspection

Experts from the council come to inspect the property. Inspection is done for free.

After inspection you apply for water connection.

6. Apply for occupancy permit

This step is straight forward, isn’t it? Yes it is, just like that. Make an application to the council for occupancy.

7. Register property title

Finally, register the property title at Lands registry.

The fee for registration of property title is Mk5000.

Insurance Policy

Insurance to cover possible structural flaws or problems in the building once it is use is not a requirement.

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