Zimbabwe Government Cuts Plan Approvals Times
Government, desperate to improve its international ease of doing business ranking, has reduced the time it takes for local authorities to process plans for building projects by more than half.
The latest measures have been made through Statutory Instrument 37 of 2016, which was issued by the Minister of Local Government and National Housing, Saviour Kasukuwere.
The Statutory Instrument changes the Urban Council's Act by amending Chapter 2 of the Model Building By-laws of 1977, to reduce the time it should take for officers in local authorities to approve or condemn a building plan, from a maximum of 35 days to 14 days.
In practice, this 35-day window had been known to take even months, forcing some developers to go ahead with their projects without approval only for them to pay the regularisation fee (penalty) of US$5 000 to the local authorities.