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Building Permits

Application Procedures for a Building Permit

Building permits are issued by Development Control Unit (DCU) through ZIPA for a non-refundable fee of US$ 1000 or its equivalent in Tanzania shillings, payable to DCU. The Permit will be valid for a period specified under Zanzibar Investment Promotion and Protection Act (ZIPA) as grace for construction. Building Permit Fee should be paid directly to DCU at the bank account name Development Control Unit PBZ account number 0404116000.

How to apply for a Building Permit:

1. Approved investor shall apply to ZIPA for a Building Permit andsubmit with application, the following:

  • A duly filled Building Permit Technical Form issued by DCU:
  • Ten (10) sets of the project’s drawings which drawn in accordance with Rules and Conditions provided. The drawing shall include: Architectural Drawings, Topographic Maps, General Site Layout Plan, Section and Elevations of all Structures, Architectural Details, Engineering/Structural Drawings and Optional Drawing.
  • Five (5) booklets of “Bill of Quantities”:
  • Name, telephone number, email and physical address of registered contractor(s);
  • Two copies (2) of Land lease agreement issued by Minister responsible for Land:
  • Two copies(2) of Environmental Impact Assessment /Heritage Impact Assessment
  • Certificate.
  • Evidence of payment of Building Permit fee.
  • Passport size Photograph of all shareholders; and
  • Any other documents to support the application.
  • Soft copy of the all drawings and BOQ shall be submitted at ZIPA for records.

2. The Authority through DCU shall consider the application and issue a Building Permit or advise the applicant otherwise, within 14 working days from the date of submission.

Note: All submitted drawings should have a stamp of Zanzibar Board of Professional of Architects, Engineers, and Quantity Surveyors.