Procedures for A new Building Permit:
Any person who proposes to construct a building shall submit to the Building Unit an Application for a permit to build. The owner, or an authorized agent acting on the owner’s behalf, shall submit to the office of the Building Unit the following documents/drawings:
1. Download the application from the website (https://sanpedrotowncouncil.org/building-department) or pick up an application at the building unit to be filled out completely.
I. A minimum of (3) three complete sets of Architectural and Structural plans. The minimum paper size on which drawings are accepted is 11” x 17” (Tabloid).
II. An electrical design approved by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) – one copy required.
III. Copy of Land Title/Lease Document/Land Transfer
IV. Copy of Property Tax Zero Balance
V. Health Department Approval
VI. Clearance Letters from the relevant Authority/Government Departments where applicable.
VII. An Architect and/or an Engineer, or a technician must accept responsibility for ALL projects submitted for review. Buildings less than one thousand sq. ft. and not more than one storey do not need the signature of an architect or engineer. Technicians may write their names and sign on each page in lieu of stamping. Buildings between 1000 sq. ft. to 3000 sq. ft. and up to two storeys requires that plans and specifications be prepared, designed, stamped and signed by either an architect who is a corporate member of the Association of Professional Architects of Belize (APAB) or a civil or structural engineer who is a corporate member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Belize (APEB). Buildings over 3000 sq. ft. and more than two storeys requires that plans and specifications be prepared, designed, stamped and signed by both an architect who is a corporate member of the APAB, and a civil or structural engineer who is a corporate member of the APEB.
3. Pay the application fee after you have gotten clearance from the clerk/building inspector from the unit.
The client will be notified If any document is missing and if any changes need to be made.
Time Frame for Review
Technical Manager of a Building Unit shall:
1. Within fourteen days (14) in the case of buildings of 5,000 square feet or less, respond to the applicant in writing either by issuing a permit or refusing the application.
2. Within thirty days (30) in the case of buildings of over 5,000 square feet, respond to the applicant in writing, either by issuing a permit or refusing the application.
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