Interior Fit Out 101: Permits Made Easy

Nailing the permits and paperwork approvals required to kick off a fit out project in the United Arab Emirates can be a daunting task. But no matter how you much you stall, sidestep, or try to work around it, it just has to be done. So instead of dodging this all-important issue, let’s address it head on.

Here are foolproof steps in making the permit approvals a breeze:

1. Make a Checklist

It is easy to get overwhelmed by the number of things to prepare. Your best defense against this is to break them down into a tangible list.

2. Do Your Research

We are lucky to live in a technologically advanced country where digital advances are second to none. Most government transactions are now hassle free through various online portals, with registrations and free information just a click away.

3. Stick to the Rules and Timelines

The United Arab Emirates operates under an iron clad set of rules and regulations every business operator should follow. Comply with these and calculate your timeline against the concerned government entities processing period of your needed documents.

4. Streamline the Communication Process

The Project Head or Manager is the key point person for organizing the necessary permits. Securing someone that’s well organized, pro-active, and strategic in delegating tasks is key for a smooth process flow. Keeping the client on the loop is also equally important.

3. Triple Check

Human errors are inevitable, but it’s better to minimize the risks early on by triple checking the details of all signed documents.

Here are the Documents You'll Need to Secure:

In cases of applying through the customer service center. Click HERE
for a sample.
✓ Contractor Appointment Letter by Tenant
A signed and stamped confirmation letter from
the client as proof for project appointment.
✓ Copy of EJARI
‘My Rent’ in Arabic, a certificate issued after the landlord’s registration of the
tenancy agreement using EJARI, in a click of a button.
✓NOC from Relevant Authority
Varies depending on the project. Examples include NOCs from Dubai Municipality Food
Control Section for food and beverage outlets; NOC from Public Health and Safety Department for beauty
Broken down into 3: Architecture, Drainage Services, and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air conditioning)

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