Construction Permits

 The process for obtaining a Construction or Building Permit(s) has been streamlined into three stages.  

Stage 1: Development Permission

Application for In-Principle Approval to Develop


The main approval agency for construction permits is the local municipal authority. In most cases, the local authority works in partnership with other government agencies to manage the three stages of obtaining construction permits. The first stage is to apply for In-Principle Approval (IPA) to develop the acquired land. In the case of Suva, the Suva City Council will work closely with the Department of Town and Council Planning (DTCP) to process the application. Click HERE for more details.





Stage 2: Building Plan Approval

Application for Approval to Develop the Site


After an IPA has been attained, applicants must apply for the full detailed approval to develop the site. This application must be received and approved by the appropriate authorities prior to the commencement of any:

- Building, rebuilding, extending or altering the outside of any building;

- Forming or widening of any road or access;

- Earthworks altering the level of the land;

- Destruction of significant vegetation; or

- Materially different use of land or building.

The City Council and DTCP will work closely with the Department of Waterways (Drainage connections) and Fiji Roads Authority to grant this approval.

Click HERE for more details.




Processing of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)


In compliance with the Environment Management Act 2005 and EIA Regulations 2007, all development proposals with the potential for environmental impacts are to be submitted to the Department of Environment for review and approval. Click HERE for more details




Application for New Water and Waste Water Connections (IF NECESSARY)


For all projects which requires water and wastewater connections, developers are to apply for new water connection to supply fresh water to the building, and new wastewater connection to be connected to the sewage networks. This step can be carried out concurrently with Step 2. Click HERE for more details




Lodgement of Engineering Plans


DTCP will assess all Development related Engineering Plans with a focus on
- Roads & Footpaths;
- Water;
- Electricity;
- Drains;
- Street lights; and
- Fire Hydrants DTCP will also work with the relevant agencies such as Energy Fiji Ltd (EFL) to ensure the development plans are complying to Electricity Act Cap 180 Regulations, AS/NZS3000 Wiring Rules and all EFL Regulations & Policies. Click HERE for more details




Application for Structural Fire Safety (New Development Approval)


In compliance to National Building Code of Fiji under Public health Act, all building plans have to be approved by National Fire Authority (NFA) to meet the minimum requirements (with reference to Australia and New Zealand standards) as follows: 1) Fire resistance and stability;
2) Access and egress; and
3) Fire services and equipment For complex development, a pre-submission concept meeting is available. Click HERE for more details




Workplace Design Vetting of Plans


All buildings, alterations of existing buildings and demolition Works for buildings that will be used as a workplace must be vetted by the OHS Services. OHS provides advice and consultancy to ensure that the plans comply with health and safety regulations, ensure that workplaces are safe for workers and non-workers and that relevant amenities and facilities are provided. This step can be carried out concurrently with Step 5. Click HERE for more details




Application for Approval to construct on site for the purpose requested by the applicant – Building Permit


In compliance with National Fiji Building Code, Town Planning Act, Environment Management Act, Public Health Act, OHS Act, Subdivision By-Laws as well as requirements by the Fiji Road Authority, National Fire Authority, Water Authority of Fiji, (where required), all major development applications must be submitted to the City/Town Council. This is the final step before any building is permitted to be built on the land. Once the building permit is approved, the owner can then work with the developers and engineers to commence construction. Click HERE for more details





Stage 3: Certificate of Occupancy

Application for inspection of foundation work/structure/roof/project completion


In compliance with National Fiji Building Code, Town Planning Act, Environment Management Act, Public Health Act, OHS Act, Subdivision By-Laws as well as requirements by the Fiji Road Authority, National Fire Authority, Water Authority of Fiji, (where required), all major development applications must be submitted to the City/Town Council. OHS: Ensure that the building:
1) Is constructed in accordance with OHS approved plans.
2) Is safe for workers and non-workers and relevant amenities and facilities are provided. After the developer has completed construction/alteration of the building, the owner and developer must then request the local authority and OHS to inspect the building using their previous correspondences (Stage 2: Building Plan Approval Stage). Please note that owners will need to work with Energy Fiji Ltd and Water Authority of Fiji separately for their services. Click HERE for more details.




Application for Structural Fire Safety Compliance Certificates


In compliance with the National Building Code of Fiji under the Public Health Act, all buildings must be constructed as per approved plans and be inspected by the NFA after completion to confirm compliance to minimum requirements (with reference to Australia and New Zealand standards) as follows: 1) Fire resistance and stability; 2) Access and egress; 3) Fire services and equipment;
4) Building Use; and
5) Fire Load
All structural and services completion certificate must be submitted before final inspection for new structures.
Any alteration to building designs must be submitted before the completion phase Click HERE for more details.




Application for New Water Connection


Installation and Connection of New Water meter Click HERE for more details.




Inspection and Connection of New Customer/Electrical Installation OR Progress Inspections for New Building/Complex


Progress Inspection/Inspection & Connection of customers to the EFL power grid upon compliance with Electricity Act Cap 180 Regulations, and AS/NZS 3000 Wiring Rules (latest edition) Click HERE for more details.





Other Services (If Required)

Application for Approval to Develop the Site


After an IPA has been attained, applicants must apply for the full detailed approval to develop the site. This application must be received and approved by the appropriate authorities prior to the commencement of any:

- Building, rebuilding, extending or altering the outside of any building;

- Forming or widening of any road or access;

- Earthworks altering the level of the land;

- Destruction of significant vegetation; or

- Materially different use of land or building.

The City Council and DTCP will work closely with the Department of Waterways (Drainage connections) and Fiji Roads Authority to grant this approval.

Click HERE for more details.




Processing of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)


In compliance with the Environment Management Act 2005 and EIA Regulations 2007, all development proposals with the potential for environmental impacts are to be submitted to the Department of Environment for review and approval. Click HERE for more details




Application for New Water and Waste Water Connections (IF NECESSARY)


For all projects which requires water and wastewater connections, developers are to apply for new water connection to supply fresh water to the building, and new wastewater connection to be connected to the sewage networks. This step can be carried out concurrently with Step 2. Click HERE for more details




Lodgement of Engineering Plans


DTCP will assess all Development related Engineering Plans with a focus on
- Roads & Footpaths;
- Water;
- Electricity;
- Drains;
- Street lights; and
- Fire Hydrants DTCP will also work with the relevant agencies such as Energy Fiji Ltd (EFL) to ensure the development plans are complying to Electricity Act Cap 180 Regulations, AS/NZS3000 Wiring Rules and all EFL Regulations & Policies. Click HERE for more details




Application for Structural Fire Safety (New Development Approval)


In compliance to National Building Code of Fiji under Public health Act, all building plans have to be approved by National Fire Authority (NFA) to meet the minimum requirements (with reference to Australia and New Zealand standards) as follows: 1) Fire resistance and stability;
2) Access and egress; and
3) Fire services and equipment For complex development, a pre-submission concept meeting is available. Click HERE for more details




Workplace Design Vetting of Plans


All buildings, alterations of existing buildings and demolition Works for buildings that will be used as a workplace must be vetted by the OHS Services. OHS provides advice and consultancy to ensure that the plans comply with health and safety regulations, ensure that workplaces are safe for workers and non-workers and that relevant amenities and facilities are provided. This step can be carried out concurrently with Step 5. Click HERE for more details




Application for Approval to construct on site for the purpose requested by the applicant – Building Permit


In compliance with National Fiji Building Code, Town Planning Act, Environment Management Act, Public Health Act, OHS Act, Subdivision By-Laws as well as requirements by the Fiji Road Authority, National Fire Authority, Water Authority of Fiji, (where required), all major development applications must be submitted to the City/Town Council. This is the final step before any building is permitted to be built on the land. Once the building permit is approved, the owner can then work with the developers and engineers to commence construction. Click HERE for more details





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