By Chito Chavez
The Quezon City government will open a One-Stop-Shop (OSS) for building and occupancy permit applications tomorrow (February 12) in a bid to promote the ease of doing business in the locality.
The opening of the OSS is in accordance with Mayor Bautista’s Executive Order 11-2017, which tasked the City Architect Department to provide an appropriate space for a one-stop shop for the Department of Building Official that will house a zoning administrator, and a representative from the Bureau of Fire Protection.
The OSS will cater to the evaluation of building and occupancy permit applications for simple structures, aiming to complete the preevaluation process within five days.
Simple structures are defined as having a maximum floor area of 1,500 square meters and covers the following: single dwelling residential buildings which are not more than three storeys high, commercial buildings which are not more than two storeys high, interior renovations inside a building which already has a building and occupancy permit, and warehouses of not more than two storeys high that do not store hazardous or combustible materials.
A preevaluation for the application of permits will start with the zoning administrator passing through BFP and then for the review of the building official.
Once an application has been preapproved by the evaluators from the Zoning Unit, BFP, and the DBO, the applicant will be instructed to bring his/her documents to the One Stop Shop for final processing.
Assessment of zoning, fire code, and building permit fees will come in a single order of payment.
The City Treasurer’s Office will assign a cashier at the OSS to receive payments of fees including fire safety inspection fees and other related charges.
The shortened process aims to eliminate red tape and address unnecessary and repetitive regulatory controls.
According to engineer Kennedy Diokno, Final Permits Division head of the Department of Building Official, the OSS aims to encourage micro, small and medium enterprises.
“The Quezon City government has set up this one-stop shop for the ease of doing business. Mas madali magnegosyo pag mabilis ang issuance of permits. Lalo na sa mga micro, small, and medium enterprise. This is for the MSMEs,” Diokno said.
Engineer Isagani Verzosa head of the Department of Building Official said his office screens more than 60 applications a day and only 15 applicants are accepted for final evaluation.
On its opening, the One Stop Shop will be in its testing phase and will only cater to location clearances and occupancy permits.
Once the OSS is in its full capacity, it is expected to provide its full list of services.
The OSS is located on the 14th floor of the QC Hall East Wing.