Sunday, August 20, 2017

YCDC to take permits in all townships

YANGON City Development Committee (YCDC) Department of Engineering (Building) will begin accepting building permit applications across all of Myanmar’s townships this week.

The permits had previously only been made available at City Hall in Sule, Kyauktada township, sparking complaints from contractors and developers.YCDC began deploying adept and online services for permit applicants last year.

Although its One Stop Service (OSS) has turned out to be effective, its online mechanism accepting free applications has proven less so due to internet connectivity issues, department officials said. The One Stop Service office at City Hall has also been tricky to get to for applicants, who mostly hail from the outskirts or suburbs of Yangon and whose trips are complicated by traffic and other infrastructure issues.

Now, the Department of Engineering (Building) will enable each township’s city development office to take building permit applications started April 2, said department spokesperson U Nay Win. Township offices will be open to accept applications between 10am and 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, he said.

A senior official with Htun Thit construction company in Thingangyun township said the previous system of travelling to City Hall for permits frequently resulted in delays. “Sometimes we had to go eight times for one project to get one permit,” he said. “It was talking too long.” He added he hopes the new method is an improvement.