Included in several new measures being implemented as part of local government reform, Jamaicans can expect to see a significant improvement in the time it takes to process applications for buildings and subdivisions. Robert Montague, Minister with responsibility for Local Government Affairs, recently confirmed that the Government was in the final stages of promulgating the new Building Act, which proposes a speeding-up of the existing building and subdivision approval process.
Under the new Building Act, the minister confirmed that any building under 3,000 sq ft no longer has to go to Kingston for approval, as such authority now resides with the local parish council, who would also be responsible for oversight of any subdivision of less than ten lots. These measures he said should see 90 per cent of all building and subdivision applications submitted to local parish councils being approved within 90 days, as against taking an average 18 months previously.
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