The City Council of Nairobi has announced that from January 12, 2012, all applicants for construction permits and plan approvals will be required to use the electronic Construction Permit Management System.
According to director of planning Tom Odongo, all manual submission of building plans and processing of construction permits will be discontinued on this date as part of ongoing reforms at City Hall.
“It will be mandatory to use the automated system (e-CPMS) from January 12, 2012 and make payments online when submitting applications,” said Mr Odongo.
Launched earlier this year with the help of World Bank, the system allows architects submitting their plans to monitor the progress of the review process by logging into the system.
The system notifies the applicants via email and SMS text whenever their proposals complete key milestones during the evaluation and approval.
The City Council expects the system to reduce the time required to approve building plans while eradicating corruption loopholes as all payment systems will be automated.
The e-CPMS will be replicated in other local authorities countrywide.