Dubai to launch new online system for building permits

Building Department’s services to be simplified with the introduction of a web-based system.

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By  Sean Cronin Published  July 9, 2005

Dubai Municipality is aiming to cut time wasted on processing paper-based building applications with the launch of a new online permit system. It plans to simplify the 101 services offered through its Building Department with the transformation of its existing manual system into a new web-based service. It is the first time such a system has been used in the region. Eventually, all services offered by the Building Department will be available on the online Building Licensing and Control System, enabling contractors and consultants to follow up their transactions. “As part of the directive issued by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rahsid Al Maktoum, all government services must be online by 2007. “Dubai Municipality is way ahead of this target, and just 28% will not be online by 2006,” said Qassim Sultan, Director General of Dubai Municipality. The system also includes a detailed database of buildings in Dubai. It can be offered to concerned departments in the Municipality through direct link or through GIS. Each building will have a dynamic information card that contains detailed information on all building components that can be easily changed online when alterations are made. Hussein Nasser Lootah, assistant director general for planning and building affairs and head of the e-Government committee said: “The municipality is ready to answer any queries that the construction industry may have, and is able to provide any training if it is required.” The system will be launched in three phases to minimise the disruption to existing services. The first phase that has already been launched includes the 24 services covering license transactions, and the applications from contractors for inspecting construction sites. The services offered by the Building Licenses Section is expected to be launched in two months’ time. The third phase of the scheme — which is expected by the year-end — will include the 46 services of the Building Inspection and Engineering Supervision sections as well as the remaining services of the Building Licensing Section.

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