With the support of the International Finance Corporation, the Building Control Authority of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) launched the Yangon Building Permit System on July 1 and it will be piloted until the year-end.
The pilot scheme involves an automated, paper-free system which aims to reduce the processing time from an average of 95 days to 49 for about 90 percent of the 4000 construction permits submitted annually.
The new online building permit system, available in English and Myanmar languages, was custom-built for YCDC. Professionally certified architects and construction engineers are participating in the pilot testing phase.
YCDC secretary Daw Hlaing Maw Oo said the pilot scheme was developed in response to calls from the business community for more efficiency in processing permits.
“The pilot phase will test the waters, and by the time the system is rolled out in December, we will have an efficient, transparent, and cost-effective system in place,” she commented.
“Myanmar’s construction sector has the highest earning potential [compared to other sectors]. An efficient, transparent, and affordable permit system will enable a conducive business environment in Myanmar,” said IFC country manager in Myanmar Vikram Kumar.
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