19 Aug 2019
MYANMAR: Online Construction Permit System Set to Cut Processing Time by 50%
The Yangon Building Permit System (YBPS), an online construction permit facility, is to be piloted among duly-accredited architects and construction engineers in Yangon, the country’s commercial capital, until the end of the year. Should the trial prove successful, it will then be rolled out on a more general basis. Available in both English and Burmese, the service can be accessed via the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) website.
In addition to facilitating the online submission of applications and any supporting documents, it is hoped the system will reduce the overall processing time for 90% of building permits to just 49 days. At present, the majority of the 4,000 applications received by the YCDC every year take up to 95 days to process.
The move forms part of a bid to improve Myanmar’s standing in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, where the country currently languishes at number 171 out of 190, the lowest rating for any ASEAN bloc nation. It follows a number of other initiatives adopted in line with the same policy objective, including the launch of an online import/export licence approval system and the establishment of the country’s first credit bureau.