Dubai Ports looks to cut red tape

The Civil Engineering Department (CED) of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) has launched ePermit, an online application that provides access to the building permit process for engineering consultants.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  October 4, 2005

The Civil Engineering Department (CED) of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) has launched ePermit, an online application that provides access to the building permit process for engineering consultants. “The basic objective of automating the entire building permit-related process is to avoid delays due to lack of information regarding procedures, mislaid documents and communication errors. Moreover, it will enable consultants to monitor the status of their applications from the comfort of their office, thereby reducing the number of trips they need to make to our offices in Jebel Ali,” says Nazek Al Sabbagh, head of CED. “ePermit has been launched in compliance with the e-government initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Defence Minister and Dubai Crown Prince, whose vision has been driving the rapid growth of Dubai. By moving the entire building permit-related process online, ePermit allows engineering consultants to register themselves and conduct day-to-day transactions with CED online. This is only a first step and we will be offering more processes online in a phased manner,” she adds. Engineering consultants intending to obtain a building permit from CED need to register online by logging on to the website http://ced.dubaitrade.ae, and then submit details of their development projects as well as the building permit application. Following a comprehensive assessment of the applications by engineers at CED and the Environment, Health and Safety and Fire Protection Departments, applicants are sent feedback and invited to provide clarification, objection or compliance requirements regarding the relevant engineering standards and construction regulations. This internal review is performed over a workflow engine. CED has already started accepting documents on a CD and reviewing documents electronically as part of its drive towards a paperless office.

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