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Myanmar: New online building permit system in Yangon goes on live

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has been supporting the Building Control Authority of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) in efforts to reform the construction permit system and improve the ease of doing business in the city.

The Yangon Building Permit System, an automated, paper-free system, went online on July 1 and will be piloted until the end of the year. The system is estimated to reduce the processing time for 90 percent of the 4000 construction permits submitted yearly from an average of 95 days to 49 days.

The new online building permit system, available in English and, Myanmar languages, was custom-built for YCDC. ‘Dealing with construction permits’ is one of the 10 indicators used to determine the Ease of Doing Business index, on which Myanmar now ranks 171 out of 190 countries.

“Compared to other sectors, Myanmar’s construction sector has the highest earning potential. An efficient, transparent, and affordable permit system will enable a conducive business environment in Myanmar,” said Vikram Kumar, IFC Country Manager for Myanmar.

Screenshot of the online Yangon Building Permit System.

Screenshot of the online Yangon Building Permit System.