The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City has called upon contractors, consultancy offices, developers and all concerned entities to obtain prior permits for all their infrastructure projects in compliance with the Executive Council’s Decision No. (3), dated 22/11/2011 (concerning building permits and NOC services) making it mandatory for all entities concerned with infrastructure works to obtain necessary permits before embarking on the construction of infrastructure-related projects.
The Municipality hosted an expanded workshop for representatives of contracting companies, consultancy offices, developers and strategic partners under the theme “Spatial Data Standards and Specifications for Infrastructure project drawings, maps and surveying plotting process”. A detailed explanation of the decision’s implementation mechanism and its impact on regulating progress of infrastructural projects was delivered during the workshop.
Khalfan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director of the Building Permits at the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, stated that the Municipality would be responsible for following up all infrastructure projects by taking over project sites and issuing final completion certificates according to the principles and laws regulating this process.
“To make it easy for contractors, consultants, developers and concerned entities, the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City has set up an online system dedicated to the provision of infrastructure project permits through its website which will be readily accessible to proponents for completion of procedures required for obtaining permits. An infrastructure permit manual will be shortly uploaded on the Municipality’s website with a view to streamlining procedures and steps for customers to obtain the required permits,” Al Nuaimi said.
Al Nuaimi pointed out that as part of its strategy to expand the scope of its electronic transactions and support customers with advanced services, the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City had introduced building permit services whereby NOCs can be issued for utility and infrastructure projects in Abu Dhabi City. "The Municipality’s customers can avail of these online services through the current licensing system which is meant to uplift the efficiency of completing transactions. The new system also aims to regulate the work of contractors and boost the principle of transparency in granting permits and following up infrastructure works in Abu Dhabi City through the designated spatial data system. The new licensing system for the infrastructure projects offered by the Municipality to its customers will also include various types of utility lines, road works, public domain, building connections, maintenance works (utility lines, roads and public domain), developmental project works, service networks and the project’s main links," added Al Numaimi.
About the infrastructure licensing procedure mechanism, Al Nuaimi emphasized that the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City had defined a series of procedures to follow in order to obtain building permits for infrastructure works and utility lines, including the initial approval obtained by submitting an application via the electronic portal to register the project, upload the required documents & plans and obtain the provisional approval for the project from the Urban Planning Division.
The final approval on the other hand involves obtaining an NOC from other entities, having the construction plans approved by the Urban Planning Division and delivery by the Spatial Data Division of the demarcation lines along with their coordinates. This is followed by having the project demarcation lines fixed in-situ by the contractor who also submits an application for revising the project demarcation lines in order to fix the demarcation lines and hence obtain the permit from Customer Service.
Al Nuaimi further pointed out that after project registration the customer would receive permits from the Internal Roads Division and Parks Division at the Infrastructure and Municipal Assets Sector. These include transporting excavation material, asphalt cutting permit, transporting soil materials from quarries permits and other permits stipulated by implementation requirements.
“As for the procedures relating to building connection permits, an application should be submitted online with all the required documents and construction plans being uploaded. Hence the construction plans are to be approved by the Urban Planning Division before the permit can finally be obtained from Customer Service. It is noteworthy that the Municipality will issue a detailed booklet during this January to explain the requirements of each permit and the procedures for obtaining completion certificates which will also be downloaded from the website of the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City,” Al Nuaimi said in concluding his statement.