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Automation of Construction Approvals Process to Make System More Efficient

The Town and Country Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning and Development is working with the Ministry of Trade and Investment to automate the construction permit process with the main objective being the improvement of the efficiency in the building approval system. This means that requests for construction approvals will be done online in the near future. As a result, the application process for citizens building private homes and investors in major developments will be made a lot easier, causing Trinidad and Tobago’s ease of doing business as well as our competitiveness and trade environment to be enhanced.

The Automation of the Construction Permitting process will increase efficiency, reduce the logistical burden for the applicants, simplify processes as well as improve management oversight, transparency and customer service delivery. The new system will also result in the reduction of approval times through online registration, online submission, email notifications, web monitoring and automated payment methods. It will enable applications to be tracked electronically through each stage of the process and thus facilitate the monitoring of the status of applications online in real time.