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August 30, 2021

Dubai Municipality Preliminary Approval Prerequisites and Process

To be able to implement the quality standards and approved specifications that assure the safety of buildings and structures, Dubai Municipality has imposed a set of procedures and steps for issuing permits and certificates. The Dubai Municipality approval services include specified standards and regulations on providing permits and licenses for new buildings, additions, and/or adjustments. Accordingly, DM approval services enable clients, contractors, and engineering consultants in Dubai to process preliminary approval requests and to properly execute their proposed construction project or modifications while ensuring the compliance of the approved preliminary drawings with the building standards and requirements prior to the completion of the final and detailed drawings.

Prerequisites of Dubai Municipality Preliminary Approval

This DM approval service, particularly Preliminary Approval on New Building, Additions, or Adjustment, applies to all types of construction projects in Dubai such as public buildings, multistorey buildings, industrial buildings, floor area ratio buildings, and private and villas. However, the preliminary approval of a new building, proposed modifications, and additions are not obligatory and do not entitle the contractor to commence any on-site construction work, hence, clients can apply directly for the building permit. The required drawings are submitted in order such as the approved ones first then the proposed ones marking the modifications as follows:

Modification location in yellow on the approved drawings.
Modification location in red on the proposed drawings. 
Requested demolition works in green on the approved drawing.

Required Documents:

Architectural drawings

Service Fees
The fees apply for every submission of application:

New Building

Private villas, investment villas, multistorey buildings up to 7 floors: AED 100
Multistorey buildings exceeding 7 floors: AED 150
Floor area ratio buildings: AED 250

Modifications or Additions for all types of buildings: 100 AED

Service Procedures and Steps

  1. Create an account or login to Dubai Building Permit System or BPS.
  2. Application for the service and upload the required documents.
  3. The payment process for the due fees.
  4. Acquisition of Dubai Municipality Approval, Rejection, or Consult for Revision response through the main website.
  5. The duration of service is within 3 working days.

Dubai Approvals Team offers services and assistance on the document completion and submission of requirements for the issuance of the Preliminary Approval on New Building, Additions, or Adjustment and other related prerequisites to acquire building permits under the Dubai Municipality approval services. Our team assures a smooth acquisition process of gaining DM approval for residential or villa projects, industrial buildings, multistorey buildings, and public buildings in Dubai.

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July 25, 2021

Trakhees Building Regulations and Architectural Design Guidelines

Department of Planning and Development of Trakhees is the regulatory entity of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation - PCFC in Dubai and the authority responsible for licensing and regulating businesses and developments in special development zones and areas. The department consists of six main service sections for Trakhees approval which are Civil En​​gineeri​ng, Licensing, Inspection, Innovation and Excellence, Business Support, Research and Development. These regulations are made to provide minimum building Architectural design requirements for all types of developments, such as residential, commercial, recreational, industrial, and institutional developments that are required for approval from the authority.

Dubai upholds a breathtaking environment that contributes to the exceptional lifestyle and premium properties it offers. And to ensures that the city presents great developmental opportunities, the authorities such as Trakhees keep up with the environmental standards and regulations of the country. These approval regulations and standards also ensure that building and other infrastructure developments within their respective jurisdictions are integrated with the natural environment to enhance land and property values and to promote the health, safety, and well-being of the whole community.

Trakhees Approval Architectural Design Submittal Requirements

These submittal stages must follow a custom PDF format of electronic copy and must be bound on a single sequence. Every page of the file must be saved in a unified size and direction, and the title block presentation must be as per Trakhees approval standards. The Architectural Drawings Submission process consists of three main stages as Concept Design Stage, Building Permit Stage, and Revision Stage.

Concept Design Stage

Project Registration on e-Permit
Acquire project ID through the e-Permit Project Registration before submitting the Concept Design Drawings for Trakhees approval.

Concept Design Documents and Drawings


1. Title sheet as per Authority standards with the project name, Owners name, plot number, coverage area, car park, total built-up area, schedule of accumulated area, colored perspectives, etc.
2. Brief project description of the design theme and building usage, anticipated building population, and the environmental impact on its surroundings.
3. Set of documents including the affection plan, consultant's appointment letter, trade license, and other required documents. For resubmission, the Authority's previous comments should be included.
4. Title sheet, colored perspectives, detailed area calculations sheet, and main setting out or development plans, all with the Owner's signature.
5. Project's required population and facilities calculation.
6. Every calculation and measurement must be in Metric System.
7. Consultant's stamp and signature must appear on every page of digital drawings.
8. Detailed area calculation with entire plan's floor layout, highlighting the area for calculation on all floors, in gross, service, net, and total built-up areas.
9. Criteria and calculation for parking, garbage, and sanitation provisions as per standards and regulations.

Architectural Drawings

All architectural drawing layouts must provide detailed information such as dimensions, levels, slopes, furniture, etc. If those drawings were not accommodated on one sheet, a key plan must be submitted with a partial drawing layout highlighting the enlarged portion.

1. Layout Plan
2. Setting Out Plan
3. Plans
4. Elevations
5. Sections
6. Detailed Area Calculation
7. Colored Perspective Images
8. Traffic Study

Schematic Landscape Plan

Topographical Plan

Building Permit Stage

Architectural and Structural Drawings along with calculations in addition to service drawings such as mechanical, electrical, water supply, drainage, etc. which should be conforming with the Trakhees approval and relevant Authority codes. The building permit proposal must accurately present the following requirements.


All requirements of Concept Design Stage in addition to the following:
1. Approval letter of the Concept Design issued by the 
2. Required No Objection Certificate from relevant Authorities
3. Verification of the provision in Environment, Health and Safety - EHS Regulation

Architectural Drawings

1. Layout Plan 
2. Setting Out Plan 
3. Plans 
4. Elevations
5. Sections
6. Fences and Walls 
7. Schedule of External and Internal Finishing Materials
8. Necessary Construction Details

Landscape Drawings

Typographical Drawings

Detailed Drawings of Utilities

Garbage Calculations and Drawings

Environmental  and  Traffic  Impact  Assessments
1.  EIA - Environmental Impact Assessment
2.  TIA - Traffic Impact Assessment

Revision Stage

Revisions are submittals of any modification from previously approved drawings during the construction stage before issuing Building Completion Certificate - BCC includes revised architectural drawings along with approved drawings by the Authority. 

If the submission is a revision or an alteration during the construction stage there is no need for registration on e-permit. The submittal of a soft copy of revised drawings along with documents is required.


1. Title sheet with the project name and Owners name, plot number, accumulated area schedule, total built-up, car park areas, coverage area, and other necessary features with revisions highlighted from the approved. 
2. Document sheets that include the affection plan, consultant’s appointment letter, trade license, building permit letter, and other documents as required.
3. Title sheet, revised detailed area calculations sheet, and main setting out or development plans with the Owner’s signature.
4. Consultant’s stamp and signature must appear on every sheet of digital drawings.
5. If the revisions in the car park area, garbage, and sanitation, including the revised calculations and criteria must be re-submitted highlighting the changes from the approved documents.

Architectural Drawings

1. The affected areas on the previously approved drawings are to be highlighted in yellow and revised areas to be highlighted in red.
2. Any revision must be submitted on every related drawing such as plan, section, and details.
3. A copy of the latest approved architectural drawings by the Authority must be attached for reference.
4. The scale of the drawings must be as per Trakhees standards.

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June 8, 2021

Reminders for Construction Fire Safety Precautions by DDA

The scorching summer season that is prone to fire incidents had just started. Precautionary measures have been constantly provided by the government authorities to the city’s different sectors, including the construction industry. Recently the Dubai Development Authority, in coordination with the Dubai Civil Defence or DCD, has released a circular regarding Fire Safety during Construction that reminds and intensifies Fire and Life Safety requirements during Construction.

Dubai Development Authority Circular on Fire Safety during Construction

The Circular 391 of Dubai Development Authority released on 21 May of 2021 emphasizing Fire Safety during Construction is a reminder of the requirements needed to be followed by the industry. DDA informs engineering consultants and contractors to be responsible for the effectiveness and implementation of the Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice during construction, modification, alteration, and demolition works. Along with this notice, Dubai Civil Defence also urges individuals, consultants, contractors, and organizations to commit themselves to the best possible practices in complying with the Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice in the UAE to avoid any possible fire disaster.

Important DDA Requirements for Fire Safety Compliance

Conducted and adhered to Fire Risk Assessments.
Hot work, electrical installations, equipment works, and other activities under ignition sources must be performed through work permit procedure.
The entire construction area must be indicated as a No Smoking area.
Secure safety storage and handling of flammable and combustible materials away from
ignition sources.
Ensure to obtain DCD approval for bulk storage of flammable materials.
Ensure safety Fire access road for Dubai Civil Defence approach, Means of Egress for evacuation, Fire Detection, and Alarm Systems and Fire Protection Systems.

For further reference of the Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice in the UAE, anyone can access it from the DDA service portal. Consultants and contractors that fail to follow the requirements impost by the Dubai Development Authority may lead to the charging of applicable sanctions and penalties. The Construction requirements are to ensure Fire Safety in and around buildings and structures. Buildings are designed and constructed to provide safety from structural failure during a fire, provide protection to occupants from fire. Fire in one building and structure must be contained in its area origin to stop it from spreading to other areas, and do not spread to neighboring buildings or properties.

Dubai Approvals Team helps to remind every organization, consultants, contractors, and individuals through sharing information and updates about Fire and Safety Precautions for construction projects. Dubai Development Authority or DDA, following the regulations of Dubai Civil Defence, established awareness and correct practices of the Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice in the UAE and ensuring compliance in every construction project in the city.

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May 27, 2021

DM Issuance of Villa Building Permit and Completion Certificate

The building of residences such as villas in Dubai has been consistently in demand and progressing. Choosing between different villa options according to the occupant’s needs and preferences is a luxury to everyone with the variety of properties and communities found in perfect locations all over the city. Dubai Municipality approval sets requirements and procedures for issuance of building permit and building completion certificate for every type of building and structure, submission of soil test results, technical inspections of under-construction sites, and topographic maps of industrial areas.

Adaptable Villas in Dubai

A ravishing city like Dubai has so much to offer. The best shopping malls, the world’s tallest and modern buildings, high-end hotels and resorts, leisures and mouth-watering foods, diversified culture, adaptable villas in Dubai, and many more city highlights will surely serve whatever lifestyle you prefer. If you are looking for the next perfect property to own in Dubai, there are various communities in the city offers shopping center, health facilities, gyms, and eclectic restaurants and cafés. These villa communities offer empty plots and built residential structures ready for occupancy in numerous safe and perfect locations with lush greenery or even the seaside. A villa may be the first worthy investment you will have in the city. 

Procedure of Issuing Villa Building Permit & Building Completion Certificate from DM

The option of living in tranquil villa communities with safe and secured structures is very important. Dubai Municipality approval services assure quality standards and approved specifications that secure the safety of buildings and structures including villas in Dubai. The Dubai Municipality’s Building Control and Building Permits Departments have rendered a set of procedures and steps for the issuance of villa building permits and building completion certificates for residential and other building structures.

Request To Obtain Building Permit
Engineering Consultants can submit applications through Dubai BPS online portal. The applicant must attach all required drawings, documents and fill in building card information as well as pay permit fees. Subsequently, the applications are received by the Governmental Authorities relevant department through a unified Dubai BPS window to review them and upload required NOC through Dubai BPS while DM issues the Building Permit and stamps all drawings. The contractor or Engineering consultant can print them online.

Request for Structural
All application types for Structural Inspection, the Shoring Works & Foundations and Cast concrete slabs or Steel structures, can be submitted by the Engineering consultant and the contractor online and will be received through Dubai BPS. The inspection will be done on foundations only by the Building Control Department and Inspection and will be conducted through the Unified Inspection Committee which includes Dubai Municipality concerned departments such as Building Control Department and Survey Department.

Request for Final Inspection for Completion & Services Connection
The contractor and the engineering consultant must notify the Dubai Municipality that the work is completed on-site through Dubai BPS. All Completion & Services Connection applications are received online through Dubai BPS. The inspection on the new building will be conducted through a combined working team between all relevant government authorities and departments, such as the Building Control Department, Survey Department, Etisalat & Du, while the task for the Dubai Civil Defence is generated if only required. Moreover, a completion certificate will be issued and necessary connections will be made. The inspection on the decors, adjustments, or additional work will be done through the DM Building Control Department only, and the task for Dubai Civil Defence is generated if only required.

Dubai Approvals Team offers assistance on the document completion and submission of requirements for the issuance of the villa building permit and building completion certificate under the Dubai Municipality approval services. We assure a smooth acquisition process for residential or villa projects, industrial buildings, multistorey buildings, and public buildings in Dubai.

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May 8, 2021

DDA Approval on Building Modification and Permit

Countless building modifications in Dubai are very prominent all because of the continuous economic and business growth in the city. Many residential dwellings require modifications to improve the design and to install more innovative and sustainable features to upgrade the lifestyle providing comfort to the occupants. Numerous public and private facilities also need expansion of capacities, maintenance of supply, and installation of types of equipment to proffer advantage to the quality of services and maximized productivity. DDA Dubai imposes several standards and requirements to gain approval on Building Modification and Permit. All kinds of improvements, whether minor or major, in a certain facility under Dubai Development Authority clusters will need DDA approval on the required drawings and plans, submission of No Objection Certificates, and other necessary documents to acquire permits.

Building Modifications and Permit Requirements by DDA Dubai

Dubai Development Authority - DDA, as was Dubai Creative Cluster Authority - DCCA, is the regulatory entity of various free zones, residential communities, and business parks across the city. These individual cluster environments under the authority operate numerous business developments which contribute to the economic growth of the city supporting the enhancements of lifestyle. Diverse industries in its jurisdiction promote efficient interaction and collaboration giving out partnerships and job opportunities also resulting in more business and accommodation developments. With the continuous progress around the city, DDA Dubai governs every developmental project within its clusters including building modifications and permit issuance in accordance with the standards and requirements of the authority and other relevant departments. 

If you probe to start a business or modify a residential property under Dubai Development Authority clusters, you might be needing assistance from engineering consultants and contracting companies in Dubai. These experts will help you complete necessary drawings and documents from their part. There are also experienced firms that offer approval process assistance, such as completion and submission of every requirement from both engineering consultants and contractors to DDA Dubai. For more ideas on the process, here is a list of the requirements needed to gain DDA approval on building modifications and permit.

In the case that you plan to apply through the DDA customer service center, a Building Modification Approval Application document is a prerequisite. Take note that the validity of an Approved Design is only for 6 months. Fees and charges for normal submission are AED 1500 and an additional AED 1 per square foot to the total relevant build-up area. Moreover, additional fees apply per transaction such as AED 10 for Knowledge Dirham and AED 10 for Innovation Dirham. The process duration for a completed application of Design and Permit Request or Design Request will be within 5 working days. And the process duration for a completed application of Permit Request will be within 2 working days.

Requirements for Design and Permit Request by the Appointed Contractor
Approved and stamped set of drawings and proposed drawings highlighting the changes in accordance with Circular No. 229
No Objection Certificate from the Building Owner
Contractor Appointment Letter from the Building Owner or Tenant
Approved and stamped Proposed Project Details Sheet duly signed by the Consultant
Soft copy of Structural calculations and models 
No Objection Certificate from Dubai Civil Defence
The layout of Site Mobilization

Requirements for Design Request by the Appointed Consultant
Approved and stamped set of drawings and proposed drawings highlighting the changes in accordance with Circular No. 229
No Objection Certificate from the Building Owner
Consultant Appointment Letter from the Building Owner or Tenant
Approved and stamped Proposed Project Details Sheet signed by the Consultant
Soft copy of Structural calculations and models 
No Objection Certificate from Dubai Civil Defence

Requirements for Permit Request by the Appointed Contractor
Contractor Appointment Letter from the Building Owner or Tenant
The layout of Site Mobilization

Dubai Approvals Team will definitely help you in your DDA approval application for building modification and permit. We are confident to offer our services for your convenience with our breadth of expertise in the process of any relevant authority approval acquisition for your engineering projects in Dubai.

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April 19, 2021

Dubai Silicon Oasis on 2040 Master Plan Development

Dubai Silicon Oasis is designed as a cutting-edge environment that offers comprehensive benefits and known to be one of the best IT and technology free zones in the city. DSO Dubai is a globally recognized free zone and with an integrated technology park that provides both a living and working community in the region allowing people to live, work and play in a versatile and safe environment. This free zone promotes modern technology-led industries, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and a well-designed urban community.

What does Dubai Silicon Oasis offer?

DSO Dubai is a coveted location that is set to promote technology and ventures in a transparent and secure environment developing complete integration of sustainability through collaboration and innovation. It is meant to build a productive and innovative environment along with diversified cultures to increase values of lifestyle. Dubai Silicon Oasis is an amazing suburb that highlights the technology and innovation of commercial sectors and is seamlessly referred to as a centrally located community of diversity.

Affordable residential complexes and gated sub-communities in an ideal location perfect for a comprehensive lifestyle. Considered as a city within a city, DSO Dubai is balanced with self-sufficient facilities and sustainability features of commercial spaces and a variety of residential properties offered to residents and investors. Dubai Silicon Oasis is a well-connected neighborhood with broad road networks spreading to three main sectors, the innovative technology park, villa complexes within the technology park, and residential towers marked all over the area. It is also a home of bustling tech start-ups attracting professionals from all over the world to try their luck in finding a suitable job in the tech industry or, even better, set up a business in the area. The wide range of commercial establishments and versatile building projects give them a variety of options for their venture within the free zone.

Dubai 2040 Master Plan for Dubai Silicon Oasis

DSO is one of the five areas in the city that were subjected and included in the Dubai 2040 Master Plan aiming to be developed through innovation and sustainability over the next twenty years. This recent urban plan visions to make Dubai the best city in the world that provides the highest quality of lifestyle that will continue the succeeding paramount of residential and economic developments in the city. Among these plans is Dubai Silicon Oasis development to a higher level of an innovative technology hub creating the best possible environment to support the greatest goal to enhance lifestyle and the wellbeing of the diverse population.

Dubai 2040 Master Plan for Dubai Silicon Oasis is to create a superb comprehensive environment focusing on sustainability through an innovative approach that will inspire each member of the diverse communities to realize their creative and innovative potentials to create a better place to live. DSO was established inclined with the objectives of promoting and facilitating modern technology-led industries that support tech ventures in the country. These objectives will be strengthened through the new master plan of the government and with the help of the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority mandating and imposing DSO approval regulations. 

As one of the most popular and affordable free zones in Dubai, the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority will surely fortify its public services along with the future developments that await. Companies and offices operating within DSO jurisdiction will benefit from the incentives and services of the zone. Like most of Dubai, it will serve as one of the points of pride of the United Arab Emirates and inspiration for other countries. A world-class environment open to accommodate and rise the diverse nationalities and cultures that completes the country.

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March 30, 2021

DCD Implements Preventive Safety Services

As of the year 2020, Dubai Civil Defence has marked its growth in transactions that mirror its efforts to provide the highest possible quality of customer service and integrate best practices as part of its vision of enhancing customer happiness. The authority continues to implementing safety and security services all over the city in accordance with UAE and international norms. DCD approval authority’s efforts on its safety preventive measures and regulations have been successful and will pursue in the upcoming years. The Department of Preventive Safety ensures the safety of the people at all costs by securing safety in all places including in and out of buildings and infrastructures.

What is the Department of Preventive Safety of DCD?

The Department of Preventive Safety is a DCD approval service tasked with implementing safety measures in engineering and construction developmental projects such as residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. This service aims to enhance building constructions according to efficiency and effectiveness standards. Dubai Civil Defence issues and renews licenses of private and public establishments as per the rules and regulations. It is a norm of the authority to conduct scheduled and surprise inspections for various establishments and factories to ensure concurrence with preventive safety measures.

Dubai Civil Defence Preventive Safety Department Services

This department includes accessible service and downloadable files of forms, standards, and regulations for various establishments and industries on categorized options such as Licensing Requirements for Building and Facilities, Reasons for Rejection, Customer Service Request Forms, and Companies Approval and Licensing

Engineering and construction sectors generally use the services under the Licensing Requirements for Building and Facilities category as major requirements to gain Dubai Civil Defence approval for developmental projects. This category includes but not limited to information, guidelines, and forms regarding services such as the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice, Drawing Submission Requirements, Facade Submission Requirements, Facade Glazing Roofing, Material Test Standards, and more as requirements for DCD approval. With the enhanced Dubai Civil Defence services, 2020 demonstrated the high prioritized places on customer happiness and its venture to implement strategic plans on preventive safety objectives that can enhance the community’s wellbeing. DCD also integrated its electronic and smart platforms that provided excellent accessibility, reliability, efficiency, and high-quality services.

Dubai is recognized as one of the safest cities in the world that proves the strong pillars of rules and regulations imposed by each and every government sector of the country including the Dubai Civil Defence. The construction and engineering industry of the city has been a milestone of innovation and Dubai Civil Defence approval high standards gave assurance of safety with the help of every relevant authority and their incredible and reliable services.

Dubai Approvals Team Dubai Civil Defence Approval Services

Dubai Approvals Team has been a run-to firm for clients who seek for a hassle-free and smooth authority approvals for engineering and construction projects around the city. We are confident to say that we have accumulated maximum experience of the Dubai Civil Defence approval process and other relevant authority approvals which upgrades our services into the best quality it can be. Our professional team assures accurate and prompt services on requirement completion and submission to approval and certificate acquisitions. 

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March 20, 2021

DM Approval Authority for Dubai 2040 Master Plan

Dubai has unlocked huge opportunities through the launching of the Dubai 2040 Master Plan. The city has again widely opened its door to more developments focusing on greener and sustainable urbanization across its jurisdiction. This endeavor gives big chances to investors, companies, professionals, skilled workers, and other individuals who want to be part of the city’s new innovative vision. Authorities will also play a big role in the implementation of the Master Plan with their respective standards and requirements in acquiring necessary approvals including from DM Dubai.

Dubai Municipality approval is one of the most important requirements to start a developmental project in the city. DM Dubai has been consistent with its approval regulations in order to set standards of innovation for high-quality projects that will benefit not only the government but the whole community. The results of the journey to innovation of the city have proven the wide range of capabilities of DM approval and other relevant authorities in giving out the highest standard of project approvals to fulfill the government’s vision. The competence of Dubai approval authorities definitely creates a huge impact on the city’s future endeavors and goals. The world has already witnessed the whole country’s rove into urbanization and now it will anticipate the continuity of this vision through Dubai 2040 Master Plan to sustainability.

DM Dubai - Approval Authority for 2040 Master Plan

Dubai Municipality or DM is one of the main authorities that holds the regulatory services for developmental projects within the city including the recent Dubai 2040 Master Plan. With the vision of the Master Plan to cater sustainable developments in five major urban areas of the city which are mostly under the jurisdiction of Dubai Municipality approval authority gives a huge responsibility to DM Dubai to raise their services to a higher level. It has been their objective to provide the highest standard of public services through innovation for many years. And with this futuristic goal, it is certain that it will set standards that will upgrade every project into the best it could be, focusing on sustainability. 

The plan emphasizes the development and progress in five main urban areas which include the three existing urban centers and two new centers in Dubai. These major areas were stated to be Deira and Bur Dubai, Downtown and Business Bay, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence, Expo 2020, and Dubai Silicon Oasis. Focusing on the objectives of developing sustainable housing complexes, hospitals, schools, service centers, and leisure centers for the growth of the economic sector and increase job opportunities for the population. A greener environment with commercial centers and recreational facilities that aim to enhance human well-being highlights the master plan. It is a huge step to revive the huge loss of environmental features in the city and a preparation for a better and greener future. 

DM approval is expected to follow the objectives of the 2040 Master Plan for sustainable urban development across the emirate aiming to be a world-class city providing the best quality of lifestyle with the highest possible standards of urban infrastructure and facilities. For the next five decades, the plan is arranged to focus on enhancing the community’s wellbeing and quality of lifestyle. It is also set to strengthen the competitiveness of the emirate to constantly be known as a global hub for economics and innovation, and a tourism destination by providing a wide diversification of lifestyle and offer investment opportunities to citizens, residents, and visitors within two decades.

These incredible nature-friendly developments reflect the future integration of Dubai approval professionals, contractors, designers, and top engineering companies in Dubai to showcase their creativity and versatility to future sustainable and innovative projects. And its is the responsibility of DM Dubai to filter each and every proposals that are worthy of gaining Dubai Municipality approval. The consistency of outstanding urbanization through the high standards of approval authorities including DM approval admired the country and the world. Dubai proved that its diversification benefited not only the government and the citizens but also the multicultural communities that have been imparting to its economic growth and urbanization. To be a part of the Dubai 2040 Master Plan vision is a pride that every benefactor will hold on to up to the future.

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February 3, 2021

Dubai Development Authority Preliminary Design Approval Guide

Engineering and Architectural design process in Dubai involves a series of steps to create functional, versatile, and innovative buildings and infrastructures. These steps always include Design Review and Approvals from Dubai Development Authority, applicable for clusters under DDA’s jurisdiction. We will then run through the guidelines on how to apply and acquire preliminary design review and approval from DDA.

What is DDA Dubai Preliminary Design Approval?

The Building Services under the Zoning category of Dubai Development Authority regulates the Preliminary Design Approval, Final Design Approval, Design Revision, Building Permit, and many more DDA Approval services that aims for an overall development of all engineering projects under its jurisdiction.

Preliminary design begins by thoroughly evaluating the project site or any existing drawings that the client may have, and field measure and photograph the existing structure or project site. Substantial input from the clients is determined for the project goals, budget, and design objectives. It is also significant to develop a scale and to fully illustrate the scope of the proposed project, the project’s major spaces, and their connection to each other.

The preliminary design phase usually includes floor plan, site plan, primary exterior elevation studies, preliminary construction cost estimate of the project, and other major emphases on civil, mechanical, and architectural design. A set of drawings are then completed to present the design concepts. The drawings required is strictly based upon the size and complexity of the project.

DDA Approval Preliminary Design Review

Dubai Development Authority - DDA, formerly known as Dubai Creative Cluster Authority - DCCA is committed to direct engineering and construction developments that will further benefit the economic growth and set global standards on real estate development and urban planning. DDA Dubai organization has a broad control on the mandate of authority to the Emirate’s engineering industry development over selected free zone and other community clusters. The DDA Approval authorizes regulatory and licensing services governing all strategic projects and industries within its jurisdiction, which includes Preliminary Design Approval under Building Services.

Guide to Acquire Dubai Development Authority Preliminary Design Approval

Documents Required
I. Preliminary Design Approval Request (In case of applying through customer service center, check image no. 1 below)

II. Preliminary Architectural Design Drawings (as per Circular No. 229)

Authority Cover Sheet
Schedule of Drawings
Project Documents
Project Zoning Exceptions (if any)
Shaded Area Diagram (Built-Up Area calculation)
Shaded Area Diagram (Gross Floor Area calculation)
Required Calculations (Parking, Garbage, Plot coverage, Projection, etc.)
Room Types & Layouts (Unit Matrix)
Setting-out Plan
Floor plans (from Basement to the Top Roof floor)
Building Elevations (Front Elevation)
Building Elevations (Rear Elevation)
Building Elevations (Side-1 Elevation)
Building Elevations (Side-2 Elevation)
Building Sections (Section-AA)
Building Sections (Section-BB)

III. Project Details Sheet stamped & signed by the Consultant (check image no. 2 below)

IV. Gate Level Confirmation provide by Master Developer / Infrastructure Consultant / RTA

V. Consultant Appointment Letter from the Owner

The request will be accepted only if the Site Plan is valid.
The design must follow the “Accessibility Code for the Built Environment in the Clusters”.
The approved design is valid for 1 year only.

Normal submission: Not applicable
Renewal Fees: AED 2,000

Additional fee:
Knowledge Dirham: AED 10 per transaction
Innovation Dirham: AED 10 per transaction

A maximum of 4 working days for completed application.

Expert Dubai Approvals Team for gaining DDA Design Approvals

DDA Dubai offers approvals and service categories such as Registration & Licensing Services and Zoning Services, which can be accessed through the DDA E-service portal. And indeed, needs a long process with various required documents, however, there is no need to distress because engineering consultants in Dubai are experienced in the Dubai Development Authority approval process and requirements.

Dubai Approvals Team has been consistent in delivering DDA Approval services generally in the Design approval under Building Services. We certainly make sure that we provide fast, quality, and accurate assistance to every client and project that we handle. Our team aims to provide accessible services on acquiring DDA Dubai approvals and assures the acquisition of any kind of needed requirements to acquire project permits and licenses.

Image No. 1
Preliminary Design Approval Request (File is downloadable from DDA website)

DDA Preliminary Design Approval Request

Image No. 2
Project Details Sheet (File is downloadable from DDA website)

Project Details Sheet - DDA Approval

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January 18, 2021

Importance of Snag and Inspect for a Property in Dubai

Purchasing a real estate home or business property in Dubai is a stride for anyone but you should know what are the considerations before buying a new property and may not be as easy as you think. Hand-picking a certain property that offers a functional architectural and engineering design features is a bit of responsibility that needs a deep knowledge about Snag and Inspect services under the construction industry. Engineering companies in Dubai offer services to help choose the right property for you. 
Before buying a new build or renovated property, you need to ensure that the property meets the standards with all the final finishes it needs prior to the completion and handover. Property inspection and creating a snagging list will help you point out any possible snags that need to be fixed by the contractor. Snag and inspect Dubai services is the best way to identify the defects that plain sight cannot spot. Snag and inspect reports are applicable for townhouses, apartments, holiday homes, villas, residential buildings and properties, and some commercial establishments.

What is the importance of a Property Snagging and Inspection Report?

A detailed snag and inspect report will then be handed to you containing a list of defects, from the tiniest to most extensive snag, present on the property. These assessments may include architectural, structural, and MEP integrities, commonly involved but not limited to walls, ceilings and flooring, roofing system, waterproofing, quality of construction work, and the compliance to the standards of the local regulations and building codes. The report should be submitted to the building, homeowner, or developer to complete the maintenance and repair issues of the property soonest.

A property snagging and inspection report is important for a successful property deal. An independent third party, it may be from Engineering companies in Dubai who are qualified professionals and accredited engineers, assists in giving a clear and accurate understanding of the property features and pinpoint objectively every issue for effective solutions.

How often do I need to do property snagging and inspection?

Property snagging and inspection is best done before you buy or acquire a property, whether you will move in or move out, and such inspection can also be commissioned prior to and subsequent to a tenancy agreement. The move in or move out does not have to be as complex if the building is maintained regularly or in case the tenant has reported serious issues.

Dubai Approvals Team as Property Snagging and Inspection Experts

Dubai Approvals Team’s snag and inspect Dubai experts conduct inspections of various kinds of properties that included but not limited to apartments, villas, multistorey buildings, residential communities, and few commercial establishments in Dubai. The most commonly requested inspection service is for villas and apartments from our most talented and experienced inspectors visited along with a number of tools required to administer the property inspection. We provide accurate details of all the issues ranging from low, moderate to high-risk categories in the property, accompanied by photos or videos, explanations, and solution recommendations from our knowledge and expertise in Dubai Municipality Approval and other relevant approvals.

Our snag and inspect services do not end with the detailed inspection report, we always aim to avoid additional overhead expenses for our clients in the future and also improve the condition and value of your property. Over the past years, we have developed a wide range of understanding of the UAE real estate market and engineering industry process that helped us build good relationships with developers in the region, especially in Dubai. We have established our means of communication to reach the respected department and help us acquire immediate remedy for every kind of snag and inspect Dubai.

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