Building Plan Process

Building Plan Processing By Jamaica Local Authorities

Time for Approval?

Approximately eight (8) weeks (for residential single family buildings) and other buildings varies base on the Jamaican local authorities.

How many copies of building drawings needed?
  • Single Family Dwelling House
  • Five (5) Sets
  • Multi-Family Dwelling House
  • Nine (9) Sets
  • Apartment Building
  • Nine (9) Sets
  • Commercial Structure
  • Nine (9) Sets
  • Change of Use
  • Nine (9) Sets

What are the required documents needed by the Parish Council to submit Plans?

  • Completed Application Form with prescribed fee.
  • Surveyor’s Diagram
  • Complete Checklist
  • Proof of Ownership which can be:
  • Certified Copy of Registered Title
  • Certified Copy of Sales Agreement
  • Certified Copy of Will *
  • Certified Copy of Deed of Gift / Conveyance *
  • Certificate of Tax Payment
  • Accompanied by a letter from a Lawyer or Justice of the Peace *
  • If you are not the owner of the land, a Letter of Authorization from the owner, stamped and signed by a Justice of the Peace or a Notary Public, should be presented.
  • Other documents may be required to conduct a complete review of the application, to be requested where necessary.

What are the required fees by the parish council for Plans?

  • Single Family Dwelling Unit
  • $120 / sq m
  • Apartments / Multi – Family
  • $190 / sq m
  • Commercial (Shops, Offices, Warehouses, Cinemas etc)
  • $190 / sq m
  • Hotels, Guesthouses, Motels, Bed & Breakfast etc
  • $280 / sq m
  • Church / School / Hospital / Day Care
  • $190 / sq m
  • Temporary Structure
  • 1/2 rate of permanent structure
  • Card Fee
  • $200
  • Drainage Inspection Fee
  • $1,000
  • Inspection Fees
  • $4,500
  • Over 2 storeys
  • $1,500 per storey
  • Any other visits required
  • $3,000
  • Copy of Building Permit & Conditions
  • $2,000
  • Appeals
  • $5,000
  • Research
  • $3,000
  • Lettters
  • $500

 Please Note that the information above is dictated by the Jamaica local authorities
(Parish Councils) and can be change at any given moment.