Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has restored operations of the Quick Response (QR) coding system for building approvals after nearly seven months.
Operation of the e-construction system of the Nairobi City County government had been halted in May following a takeover of building approval services in the city by NMS.
However, the system was restored without the Quick Response code following a public outcry by industry stakeholders.
“It is notified to the general information of the public that the Nairobi Metropolitan Services has restored the quick response coding system under the e-construction permit system,” reads the notice by NMS Director-General Mohammed Badi.
Restoration of the QR system which is part of Nairobi County’s e-construction system will quicken the process for obtaining building permits by developers since it eliminates the requirement for approvals to be physically stamped.
Property developers and builders in Nairobi can now have their plans approved virtually by electronically submitting their development application documents, following the move by Nairobi Metropolitan Services.
The QR system will reduce the time taken to approve building plans and successful applications will receive an e-construction permit.
Maj. Gen Badi said the authority (NMS) has since gaining administrator access into the e-construction system incorporated competent processing of development applications for approval in a timely and predictable way.
Nairobi Metropolitan Services said in the notice that commencing from Thursday, November 19th, 2020, it will no longer accept or admit development application documents for stamping as a final approval process.
According to the directive, all development application documents that had been approved and verified between March 18 and November 18, need not undergo the QR coding as a mark of final approval.
Major Gen. Badi said that NMS is committed to promoting efficiency and effectiveness in development approval processes and will continue to review the same to ensure improved service delivery.