Dubai Municipality to launch second phase of Building Permit Certification Service
Dubai Municipality is gearing up for the launch of the second phase of its Building Permit Certification Service, which will be one of the biggest eGovernment implementations undertaken by the Municipality. The completion of this phase will ensure 100 per cent online transactions between Dubai Municipality and building contractors in Dubai.
The system will offer a host of electronic services to clients and will process large amounts of data related to building permits and construction activities in Dubai. One of the innovative features of the service will be the availability of information on all major construction projects being undertaken in Dubai, in addition to detailed descriptions on existing and upcoming buildings which come under the purview of Dubai Municipality. The Building Permit Certification Service will be integrated with all other electronic services of Dubai Municipality.
The primary goals of introducing this service include, reducing traffic congestion around the Dubai Municipality office, which is situated in the heart of the city; reducing the work load on Municipality staff by eliminating manual processing of documents; providing all services pertaining to building permits – from new building licences to issuance of completion certificates- electronically; facilitating clients to check status of their applications online; facilitating online payment of fees and fines; offering a comprehensive database of all buildings in Dubai and providing important statistics and reports about buildings, that will help decision makers in Dubai in the strategic planning of roads, assist departments such as Police, Civil Defence and Economics, besides consultancy and construction companies.
“The launch of the second phase of this project is a major landmark for Dubai Municipality and reflects our commitment to provide high quality services to our clients. The services that will now be available through Dubai Municipality’s portal will significantly help building consultants and contractors throughout the entire process of the construction project, while also providing detailed information on major buildings in Dubai. This project also complements Dubai’s efforts towards achieving the highest levels of eGovernance,” said Abdullah Al Shibani, Director General for Technical Service, Dubai Municipality.
Al Shibani also said that a dedicated team of specialists and engineers from the IT Department of Dubai Municipality would be responsible for the smooth and successful implementation of this project.
Yousif Shams, Head of System Development & Support Section, Information Technology Department, Dubai Municipality said, “The new system has been developed with the most advanced information technology solutions – using Java programming language and Oracle database. The service is integrated with other services in Dubai Municipality, such as Geographic Information System (GIS), Pre-Qualification, ePayments, CRA, Electronic Data Management System (EDMS) and No Objection Certificates (NOC)”.
The first phase of the Building Permit Certification Service was implemented in July 2005, which offers 24 eServices to consulting companies and the second phase will offer 30 services, mainly for construction companies. The third phase of the project is meant for building owners, and will be introduced immediately after the launch of the second phase.