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Construction Permit Reform in Kenya

Globally, Kenya was ranked 35th (World Bank Doing Business 2011 report) on the ease of dealing with construction permits.  Kenya ranked better on all counts than an average Sub-Saharan country.


Since early 2011, the City Council of Nairobi has been undertaking an initiative that is intended to see the automation of all approval and administrative processes associated with Construction Permits. This initiative is being done in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The outcome of this initiative is to be a software system that automates the application of construction permits, the review of these applications, the issuance of construction permits, the monitoring and enforcement process thereafter and finally the application and issuance of occupancy permits. Further details of this software systems are provided in this brochure.