DDA Building Permits for Construction Projects in Dubai | Dubai Approvals Team

DDA Building Permits for Construction Projects in Dubai

Dubai Approvals

April 2, 2022

Indeed, Dubai has a lot to offer, starting from its luxury malls, breathtaking tourist spots, one-of-a-kind structures, beautiful multicultural people, unending career opportunities, and many more to mention. Its remarkable economic growth drives more business ventures that evidently magnet more construction opportunities all around the city. This means more projects on the line for authority approval services which include the acquisition of permits prior to construction works. Permit provisions may vary on each project's scope, purpose, and compliance with the regulations impost by the appropriate authorities such as DDA. If you are an investor wanting to start a venture in Dubai or an entity looking forward to developing properties in the city by building or modifying structures for residential, commercial, or industrial purposes, here are the required permits you might need to acquire.

Types of DDA Building Permits for Construction Projects

Note that a land Demarcation Certificate is required to be obtained before starting any activity at the site.

Final Building Permit

The approved permit is valid for 4 years.

Required Documents
Building Permit Application 
Appointment letter duly signed by the owner, consultant, and/or the contractor

Fees
Normal Submission
Total Built-Up-Area requires AED 1.00  per square foot with a minimum of AED 200.
Final Building Permit fees will be calculated after deducing the fees which were paid previously for the Interim & Preliminary Permit excluding the Mobilization and Excavation Permits.

Industrial Use
Fees are not to exceed AED 250,000.

An additional fee of AED 10 for Knowledge Dirham and AED 10 for Innovation Dirham is applicable per transaction.

This service process may take up to 2 working days for a completed application.

Mobilization Permit

Note that a Preliminary Design Approval is required to be obtained before applying for this permit. The approved Mobilization Permit is valid for 6 months.

Required Documents 
Building Permit Application
Appointment letter duly signed by the owner, consultant, and/or the contractor

Fees
Mobilization Permit requires AED 5,000 
Mobilization for Villas requires AED 1,000 per Villa

An additional fee of AED 10 for Knowledge Dirham and AED 10 for Innovation Dirham is applicable per transaction.

This service process may take up to 2 working days for a completed application.

Excavation Permit

Note that a Preliminary Design Approval is required to be obtained before applying for this permit. The approved Excavation Permit is valid for 6 months.

Required Documents 
Building Permit Application
Appointment letter duly signed by the owner, consultant, and/or the contractor
Geotechnical design calculations of slope stability for open Excavation
Geotechnical Model - software designed
Excavation Design Drawings as per Circular No.400
No Objection Certificates from relevant authorities 
Excavation Design Review Checklist
No Objection Certificates from the neighbor or plot owner if the excavation is within the neighbor's plot

Fees
An excavation Permit requires AED 5,000
Excavation Permit for Villas requires AED 1,000 per Villa

An additional fee of AED 10 for Knowledge Dirham and AED 10 for Innovation Dirham is applicable per transaction.

This service process may take up to 3 working days for a completed application.

Shoring Permit

Note that a Preliminary Design Approval is required to be obtained before applying for this permit. The approved Shoring Permit is valid for 4 years.

Required Documents 
Building Permit Application
Appointment Letter duly signed by the owner, consultant, and/or the contractor
Geotechnical Design Calculations
Geotechnical Model - software design
Shoring Design Drawings as per Circular No.400
No Objection Certificates from relevant authorities
Shoring Design Review Checklist
No Objection Certificates from the neighbor or plot owner if the excavation anchors in the neighbor’s plot
Peer Review of the Geotechnical Third Party Report for more than 3 basement/or special projects near the water bodies.

Fees
Shoring Permit requires AED 0.05 on Total Built-Up-Area per square foot

An additional fee of AED 10 for Knowledge Dirham and AED 10 for Innovation Dirham is applicable per transaction.

This service process may take up to 5 working days for a completed application. 

Piling Permit 

Note that a Preliminary Design Approval is required to be obtained before applying for this permit, and Shoring and Piling Permit submissions shall be submitted separately. The approved Piling Permit is valid for 4 years.

Required Documents 
Building Permit Application
Appointment Letter duly signed by the owner, consultant, and/or the contractor
Geotechnical Design Calculations
Geotechnical Model - software design
Piling Design Drawings as per Circular No.400
Piling Design Review Checklist
Peer Review of the Geotechnical Third Party Report for building as per DM Circular No. 237

Fees
Piling Permit requires AED 0.1 on Total Built-Up-Area per square foot

An additional fee of AED 10 for Knowledge Dirham and AED 10 for Innovation Dirham is applicable per transaction.

This service process may take up to 5 working days for a completed application. 

Sub-structure Permit

Note that a Sub-Structure Design Approval is required to be obtained before applying for this permit. The approved Sub-Structure Permit is valid for 4 years.

Required Documents
Building Permit Application
Appointment Letter duly signed by the owner, consultant, and/or the contractor

Fees
Normal Submission requires a one-time fee of AED 0.2 per square foot on Total Built-Up-Area plus AED 20,000

An additional fee of AED 10 for Knowledge Dirham and AED 10 for Innovation Dirham is applicable per transaction.

This service process may take up to 2 working days for a completed application.
 


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