Legal process of constructing a building in Kenya;Documents,Fees Charged

It is true that when it comes to matters dealing with house building, few people know the basic steps of the entire construction process. The whole process is cumbersome and it majorly involves technocrats like electricians, plumbers, masons, carpenters and so on. This article will be an eye opener to future homeowner, so as to avoid simple mistakes or missing crucial steps that may later impact negatively on your building once construction has taken place. Having an idea of the construction process is important because of the following reasons;

  • Saves you time and money.
  • Help you to avoid being at loggerheads with relevant authorities.
  • You get to understand what you want and how to get it.

Here are simple steps to be followed when constructing a house

  • Obtain a Survey Plan from Survey of Kenya
  • Obtain a project report from an environmental expert and submit to National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)
  • Obtain approval of the environmental impact study from NEMA
  • Submit and obtain approval of the Architectural Plans –

The required documents to be submitted are the following:

i. The proposed development;

ii. A survey plan from Survey of Kenya;

iii. Ownership documents

iv. Up-to-date rates payment receipts.

v. Structural plans

The fees are charged as follows:

(i) Building plan approval fee: 1% of the estimated cost of construction

(ii) Construction sign board fee: KES 25,000

(iii) Application fee: KES 5,000

(iv) Inspection of building: KES 5,000

(v) Occupation certificate: KES 5,000

  • Submit and obtain approval of the structural plans.
  • Obtain stamps on architectural and structural plans.
  • Apply and receive the Project Registration Certicate from the National Construction Authority (NCA)

The following documents must be provided for the registration application

1. Authenticated architectural plans (original)
2. Authenticated structural plans (original)

3. Nema approval (Simple copy)

4. Bill of quantities (Simple copy)

5. contract/agreement (Simple copy) It should be duly signed by both the contractor and the client

6. Contractor’s registration certificate (Simple copy)

7. Quantity surveyor’s practicing certificate (Simple copy)

8. Architect’s practicing certificate (Simple copy)

9. Engineer’s practicing certificate (Simple copy)

Office locations and Contacts

Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development

1ST NGONG AVENUE

P.O. BOX 30450-00100

NAIROBI, KENYA

TEL.254-020-2718050

FAX 254-020-2721248

EMAIL-complaints@ardhi.go.ke

Website :http://www.ardhi.go.ke

National Housing Authority

Physical Address : 1st Floor Hill Plaza,

Ngong Road, Community Area, Nairobi.

Direct Line : +254700021222/0701913 140/0701913723

Email : info@nca.go.ke

Postal Address : P.O. Box 21046-00100,Nairobi

Website: http://www.nca.go.ke/