How to Obtain a Building Permit in Kenya

How to Obtain a Building Permit in Kenya

How to Obtain a Building Permit in Kenya

Building permits are regulatory documents required in Kenya for all construction projects to ensure compliance with building codes and regulations.

The process of obtaining a building permit can be complex and time-consuming, but it is necessary to ensure that your project is legal and safe.

Here are the detailed steps to follow when applying for a building permit in Kenya:


  • Contact the relevant authorities

Before applying for a building permit, you need to contact the local planning department or the county government office to confirm the requirements for a building permit in your area.

This will help you understand the specific regulations that apply to your project and the documents that you need to submit.

Quick Tip: For Nairobi County residents, the authorities can be contacted via the Nairobi County Self Service Portal. For other counties, visit the county portals to check or the county offices for further assistance.


  • Prepare the necessary documents

Once you have confirmed the requirements, you need to prepare the necessary documents. These typically include site plans, building plans, architectural plans and structural engineering reports. You may also need to provide proof of ownership or leasehold of the property. Ensure that your plans are accurate and comprehensive to avoid delays in the approval process.


  • Submit your application

Submit your application to the relevant authority along with the required documents and application fee.

A rough estimate details as follows;

1.KES 30,000

For site construction board.

2.KES 211,200

For construction fee for a four-storey office block measuring 200Metres squared per floor – estimate

The exact permit prices for Nairobi County are detailed in a document on this site-

Ensure that you provide all the necessary information, including the nature of the project, the location, and the proposed use of the building.

The authorities will review your application and may request additional information or clarification.


  • Wait for approval

The approval process can take several weeks or even months, depending on the complexity of your project and the workload of the authorities.

Be patient and follow up with the authorities regularly to ensure that your application is being processed.

You can ask for an estimated timeline and requirements for your application to avoid delays.


  • Obtain the building permit

Once your application is approved, you will be issued with the permit.

It will specify the conditions under which the building work can be carried out, including the type of building materials to be used and the period of time for completion of the project.

You may be required to allow regular inspections by the authorities during the construction phase to ensure compliance with the approved plans.

It is essential to note that building regulations and procedures may vary from one county to another in Kenya. Therefore, it is advisable to seek guidance from the relevant authority in your area before embarking on your project.

Reminder: Ensure that your project complies with the building codes and regulations to avoid legal issues and penalties in the future. 

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