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Badi restores QR for fast approval of building plans

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NMS director General Badi. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has restored the Quick Response (QR) coding system under the e-construction permit system, eliminating the need for stamping.
  • Developers will, therefore, no longer present hard copies of their development application documents for stamping as a final approval process.
  • City Hall launched the system on March 29 but in May, the NMS announced the suspension of the e-construction development application system, which the QR coding system is part of.

Property developers in Nairobi will no longer have to physically present development plans for stamping as a mark of final approval.

This is after Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) announced that it had restored the Quick Response (QR) coding system under the e-construction permit system, eliminating the need for stamping.

Developers will, therefore, no longer present hard copies of their development application documents for stamping as a final approval process.

“It is notified to the general information of the public that the Nairobi Metropolitan Services has restored the quick response coding system under the e-construction permit system,” said director-general Mohammed Badi.

“Consequently, take notice that from Thursday, November 19, 2020, NMS will no longer accept or admit development application documents for stamping as a final approval process.”

The QR Code system provides unique identification of all approved architectural and structural plans.

City Hall launched the system on March 29 but in May, the NMS announced the suspension of the e-construction development application system, which the QR coding system is part of.

The Maj-Gen Badi-led office later restored the e-system after pressure from players in the built industry. However, the coding system was not restored.

The return of the system is set to significantly reduce the approval time for construction permits by removing the need for one to wait for their plans to be stamped to start building.

The director-general added that all development application documents that had been approved and verified between March 18 and November 18, need not undergo the QR coding as a mark of final approval.

“NMS is committed to promoting efficiency and effectiveness in development approval processes and will continue to review the same to ensure improved service delivery,” he said.

Last year, players in the construction industry complained of delays in processing of construction permits by City Hall.

They said the delays adversely affected stakeholders by prolonging timelines of implementing projects.

However, in late June, the NMS announced that it had cleared 4,400 development plan applications that had piled up since August 2019.