Any person or organization which intends to commence with the construction of a building whether for residential or for other purposed in the Tema Metropolitan Assembly area of jurisdiction must obtain a building permit. This is to ensure, among other things, that the proposed project conforms with the building regulations and development control guidelines.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL BUILDING DEVELOPMENTS
Every applicant/developer is required to have the following
Building Permit Application Form
Town & Country Planning Development Application Form 1
Two (2) sets of site plans(one on transparency)
Four (4) sets of building fence and block plans(scale not less than 1:20 or 1:40 or metric equvalent1:100 and 1:2000)
4 sets of working drawings
Certificates/ official letter or search on the status of land (Lands Commission or Land Title Registry)
5 self-addressed envelopes
TYPES OF DEVELOPMENTS
Schools, Hotels/Restaurants, Places of Worship. Buildings, Factories, Hospitals, Residential Buildings, Offices, Shops, Underground Structures, Pylons, Car Parks, Amusement Parks and others.
DO I NEED TO SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL REPORTS
If your development is a multi-story structure of complex you may have to provide reports such as Environmental Impact Assessment Report, Structural Report, Fire Service Report, Hydro Report, Geological Riper or Traffic Management Report. You are to contact the Metro Works Department, TMA, relevant agencies or consultants for advice and assistance.
Completion of forms
Complete in full the Building Permit Application Form and the Town & Country Planning Development Application Form 1
SUBMISSION OF FORMS
Submit completed Development application & the Building Permit Application forms with all necessary attachments to the desk officers at the Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD) any day except Friday.
On submission, you shall be informed of Corrections to be made or additions if any Date for site inspection
The procession fee(obtain an official receipt)
Thereafter the Joint Technical Sub-Committee undertakes site inspection with the application(s) prospective developer(s) on the agreed date.
Relevant TMA departments and agencies undertake preliminary assessment of applications and submit report to the Joint Technical Sub-Committee within ten (10) working days
NOTIFICATION FOR PAYMENT
Application notified when to pay building permit fees:
List of names will be posted on the notice boards of the following offices
Head offices TMA
TCPD(near old Passport Office)
Metro Works Department TMA
Sub-Metro Offices, TMA
Or if requested by registered mail to the applicant within fourteen(14) days of site inspection
PAYMENT OF BUILDING PERMIT FEES
Applicant/developer pays the building permit fees at the Metro Works Department of the TMA only. The payment receipt is not a building permit certificate
Note, refusal to make payment within (28) twenty-eight working days indicates loss of interest. The process is re-activated when the applicant settles the appropriate bill. Applicants will bear the cost for re-inspection.
The Tema Planning Authority meets for final approval of the application within nine (9) working days after Joint Technical Sub-Committee evaluation meeting.
Applicants notified of decision by the Tema Planning committee within ten(10) working days of meeting Stage 9
ISSUE OF BUILDING PERMIT & COLLECTION
Applicant collects building permit certificate from the Metro Works Department duly signed by the Metropolitan Engineer within ten (10) working days of receipt of approval list from the Secretary of the Tema Planning Authority. CAUTION
Act 462 provides that any unauthorized structure of structures attached to premises shall be demolished or removed on notice by TMA
Receipts issued for processing fees are not building permits.
Any such development shall be considered unauthorized and liable to demolition/removal by TMA
Building becomes illegal if it does not conform with what is on the approved plan
Any applicant who makes a false declaration does so at his/her own risk
It is important to note that the validity of a Building Permit issued in accordance with the above process is five years
Developers are therefore required to seek renewal of Building Permit if development is not completed within five (5) years.