Building in Abaco

The Bahamas has stringent building codes designed to minimise damage from a severe hurricane.

In fact, after Hurricane Andrew slammed into Homestead, Florida, in 1992, causing $30 billion in property damage, the South Florida Building Code was changed to resemble the Bahamas.

Once you decide you?re going to build a home in Abaco, the first thing you need to remember is that you?re in the islands. The pace is relaxed, the people are laid-back and everything moves a little slower here than in an American city.

So, with that in mind, ?chill out? as we Bahamians say, grab a notebook and start planning your new home in this island paradise called Abaco.

You will need a Building Permit.

Click to see the entire Building Permit approval process, as well as a list of what comprises a complete building permit application.
Typical Building Approval Process


A Building Permit gives you the legal right to start building. During the construction period, the Ministry of Works must carry out various STAGE INSPECTIONS. The typical ones are described below.
You or your representative - for instance, your electrician - must apply for each inspection that applies to your building.
When the building is completed, NOTICE OF COMPLETION (see below) must be filed to the Ministry of Works. The Ministry will carry out a series of FINAL INSPECTIONS. Once completed successfully, an OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATE can then be issued. This is the Ministry?s stamp that the building (or a portion of it) can be safely occupied.

1. Structural Inspections

A. Foundation
B. Column and Walls (each floor)
C. Belt-course (each floor)
D. Roof

2. Electrical Inspections

A. Conduit Roughing-in
B. Conductors Installed and Joints

3. 3. Plumbing Inspections
A. Pluming Rough-in
B. Plumbing in walls and baths in
place for hydrostatic tests.
C. Fixtures in place.

4. Other Stage Inspections, as Necessary

A. Air-conditioning
B. L. P. Gas
C. Elevators
D. Fire Protection
E. Etc.

Final Inspections

1. Structural Final
2. Plumbing Final
3. Mechanical (as necessary: e.g. Air-conditioning, Fire Protection, L.P. Gas, etc.)
4. Electrical Final
5. Environmental Health
6. Civil Works (as necessary)
7. Any others, as necessary.

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