Shorter waiting time for construction permits

  • Business
  • Saturday, 26 May 2012

PETALING JAYA: Pemudah, the Government’s special task force to facilitate business, Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will introduce a new procedure for the approval of construction permits on June 1 that will significantly reduce the waiting time involved.

The new procedure, known as “OSC 1Submission”, would significantly reduce the approval process to 10 steps and to a maximum of 100 days by simplifying and eliminating unnecessary requirements, Pemudah said in a statement.

It said that according to World Bank Doing Business Report, the current procedure involved 22 steps and a waiting time of 260 days.

The fast-track approval procedure for small-scale non-residential project would cover the submission of planning permission plans, buildings plans, engineering plans, fire safety plans and utility plans, it added.

“The perception of investors that it takes a long time to obtain approval to build a simple development must be addressed,” said Pemudah chairman and chief secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan.

“It is imperative that we make improvements and implement bold changes to cut down on unnecessary red tape and improve efficiency.”

“This fast-track approval will significantly reduce the time and procedures involved and will benefit investors, developers and consumers,” said Pemudah co-chair Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon.

Details of the revised procedure can be viewed at DBKL’s website, A familiarisation workshop on “OSC 1Submission” will be held on Monday.

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