Dealing with construction permits in Montenegro

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The process of dealing with construction and building permits in Montenegro used to be quite complicated. Luckily, as of recently, the procedures have been simplified in a major way.
In fact, these simplifications have put Montenegro rather high on the DB rankings where it scored 76.1 in regards to dealing with construction permits.
If you are looking to start a business in this small country, you can benefit from learning more about these procedures. That is why we have decided to give you a short guide on how to obtain the required building permit in Montenegro.

Step number 1: Get the proof of ownership
The first thing you will need to do is to get the proof of ownership for the land/property you are planning to build on. It will cost you about 8 EUR to get a copy of this document (it’s issued by the local government).

Step number 2: Urban and technical conditions (UT Conditions)
The next document you need to obtain is called “UT Conditions” (UT uslovi). This document specifies the details prescribed by the planning office for your plot (building limitations, number of floors, etc.). Your architects will base their design on this document, so obtaining it is of the utmost importance. It can take up to two months to get it processed, and it will cost you around 50EUR. You will need to provide proof of ownership and the land registry map of the property.

Step number 3: Consult with your architect
Once you’ve obtained the UT Conditions, your architect will need to make a conceptual design of the building. The design must be based on the UT Conditions combined with your requests. After that, the design will be reviewed by the Office of the main city architect. There are no fees for that, but it can take up to 15 days to get approved.

Step number 4: The main design
After your conceptual design gets approved, a licensed architect makes the final design. Then, the main design has to be reviewed by a licensed revision firm in Montenegro. Their architects and civil engineers have to approve the technical aspects of the proposed plan. They will also collect all the necessary documentation for the start of the construction.

Step number 5: Pay the city tax
Every local Municipality in Montenegro has its specific construction fee. So, you will need to ask the local planning office or your architects for this information.
Once you’ve paid the city tax, you will need to submit all the mentioned documentation plus the “notification of building works” to the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism in Montenegro. The construction can start 15 days after these documents are submitted.

The bottom line
As you can see, the process of obtaining a construction permit in Montenegro is quite straightforward. Getting all the necessary documents can take some time, but as long as you consult with a professional legal advisor beforehand, you should not have any problems in obtaining the permits.

Stevan. M

Stevan. M

Stevan is a Montenegro based writer and consultant

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