kiambu county building approval rates

 Kiambu County Building Approval  Process and Rates

Kiambu county building approval rates and process are summarized here. Here is the steps;
A) Obtain a survey plan from Survey Kenya

You need to visit the Survey of Kenya offices in the Ministry of Land departments to obtain a survey plan. A survey plan from the Survey of Kenya is a required document when applying for a building permit. This process takes one day to complete.

B) Submit the drawings  online on County  eDevelopment Application Management System

NOTE: The following documents are required here;
i. Architectural drawings
ii. A survey plan from Survey of Kenya;
iii. Ownership documents
iv. Up-to-date rates payment receipts.
v. Structural plans (for maisonette/commercial/apartments)

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The Architect (registered in the county online portal) submits all the structural and architectural drawings for approval using an online platform eDevelopment Application Management System. These are the steps;

  1. Register with the County self-service portal
  2. Submit the plans
  3.  Pay for permit fees. The County Council will issue an invoice that must be paid, this can take up to 2-3 weeks to be obtained
  4. Obtain architectural plans approval notification
  5. Submit architectural plans for signing
  6. The drawings are reviewed by all relevant departments simultaneously. Once the structural and architectural drawings are approved and signed by the planning officer.
  7. Obtain authenticated architectural plans and construction permit

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Building Plan Approval Fees

The building permit fee is based on the size of the building and is done per square meters/ft. The fees include:

  • Building plan approval fee
  • Construction sign board fee
  • Application fee
  • Inspection of building
  • Occupation certificate

For commercial projects, NCA registration is required.

 Project Registration with the National Construction Authority of Kenya(NCA)

Project registration with the National Construction Authority (NCA) is a requirement for all contractors undertaking construction projects in Kenya.

The process of registering a project with the NCA is relatively straightforward and involves few steps.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to register a project with the NCA in Kenya:

 Register with the NCA

Once you have obtained an approved drawing from the county, you can proceed to register your project with the NCA.

To do this, you will need to submit an application form online and provide relevant documents, such as the project drawings, bill of quantities, and a site plan.

Local developers/owners registering a project must ensure that their contractors and sub-contractors are registered by NCA and have a valid practicing license for the current financial year.

The contractor classification/grades set by NCA regulations allow contractors to register in one or more categories according to their experience and qualifications. Once all requirements are met, a Certificate of Registration is issued on registration as a contractor in Kenya.

Developers can register their projects through the NCA project registration portal or visit the nearest NCA regional or liaison office for assistance.

It should also be noted that project registration is currently free of charge.

NCA Project Registration Requirements

The following are the requirements:

  • The contractor and sub-contractor must be registered by NCA and must have a valid practicing license for the current financial year.
  • The project consultants (for example the engineer (s), architect, and quantity surveyor) must be duly registered with their respective professional regulatory bodies, such as the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) and the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS). They must have valid practicing licenses
  • Approved architectural and structural drawings.
  • Physical planning forms (county approval permits/ letters/PPA2)
  • Other statutory and regulatory approvals such as NEMA, EPRA, WRA and KCAA licenses where applicable.
  • Bill of quantities summary page duly signed and stamped by the quantity surveyor.
  • Copy of developer’s Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) PIN.
  • Signed contract/tender form or signed agreement by developer with the contractor.
  • Supervision Commitment Letters by consultants and/or agreements/contract by developer with consultants.

How National Construction Authority (NCA) Project Registration Is Done Online Portal

To register a project with the National Construction Authority (NCA) in Kenya, developer can follow these steps:

  1. Visit the NCA website at https://nca.go.ke/ and download the Project Registration Form.
  2. Fill out the form with the relevant information about your project, including the type of project, location, estimated cost, and project duration.
  3. Attach the necessary documents, including architectural and engineering drawings, environmental impact assessment reports, and other relevant certificates and approvals.
  4. Pay the prescribed fees (if any) for project registration through the provided payment channels, such as M-PESA, bank deposits, or online payment systems. Note that project registration is currently (2023) free of charge.
  5. Submit the completed registration form and supporting documents online or  to the nearest NCA regional office.

After submitting your application, NCA officials will review your project and either approve or reject it based on their evaluation of its compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

If your project is approved, you will be issued with a NCA registration certificate, which you will need to present to other relevant authorities to obtain necessary permits and approvals for construction.

In short, after submitting your application, the NCA will review your documents and conduct an inspection of the project site.

If your application is approved, you will receive a letter of approval, which will allow you to proceed with the construction project.

Display Your NCA Project Registration Number

Once your project is registered with the NCA, you will need to display your project registration number at the project site.

This certificate number serves as proof that the project is registered with the NCA and that the contractor is authorized to undertake the construction work.

It is important to ensure that your project is registered with the NCA before starting construction work, as failure to do so can result in fines and other legal consequences.

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