Building permit

What is a building/development permit?

This permit is important because the Local Governance Act, 2016 (ACT 936) Section 91. States that, A person shall not carry out a physical development in a district except with the prior written approval in the form of a written permit issued by the District Planning Authority. These among others are to this among others is to promote proper planning management of orderly and harmonious development of human settlements.

Who can apply?

Any person or organization who has legal title to immobile property or plot of land and intends to develop, redevelop/renovate or change its use.

How to Apply

Purchase the Building Permit Application Form (BPA) from the Revenue office and present it to the Physical Planning Department of the Assembly.


The prospective developer must have the following:

  • Clearance letter after official search on status of land from Lands Commission/Land Title Registry.
  • Clearance from the physical planning dept. with respect to land use type.
  • Copy of title deed to the land.
  • Four (4) sets of working drawings with the following
  • Site Plan (scale 1:1:250 or 1:2, 500)
  • Building, Fence, and Block Plans (scale not less than 1:20 or 1:40or metric equivalent 1:1000 & 1:2000).
  • Building Permit Application Form and Physical Planning Department Form 1.
  • Ensure that the under-listed professionals sign the various plans to be attached to the Building Permit Application.
  • i. Professional Town Planner to sign the Block plan
  • ii. Architect or Licensed draughtsman for Architectural plans
  • iii. Civil or Structural Engineer for structural drawings for Three (3) storeys and above