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A Guide to Securing Dubai Municipality Approvals

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Securing approvals from Dubai Municipality (DM) is a fundamental step for any construction or development project in Dubai. The DM’s stringent standards ensure projects align with Dubai’s vision for urban planning, environmental sustainability, and public safety. This guide elaborates on the procedure for obtaining DM approvals, focusing on new building permits and the renewal of DM plans, to simplify the process for individuals, businesses, and government entities embarking on new ventures.

Detailed Procedures for Dubai Municipality Approvals

  1. New Building Permit Approval Process

The DM’s building department offers approvals for new constructions, including various projects such as single and multi-story buildings, industrial structures, villas, and developments with specific floor ratio areas. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  • Application Submission: Begin by applying for the New Building permit on the DM website, ensuring you submit all required structural and architectural drawings relevant to your project.
  • Fee Payment: Depending on your project’s nature, pay the designated fee:
    • Villas and buildings up to 7 floors: 100 AED
    • Buildings over 7 floors: 150 AED
    • Floor ratio area buildings: 250 AED
  • Review Period: DM will typically respond within 3-5 working days regarding the approval or rejection of your application.
  • Re-submission (if necessary): If your application is rejected, make the necessary amendments and re-submit. The review process for re-submissions also takes up to 5 working days.
  1. Approval for Issue or Renewal of DM Plans

Offered by the DM’s Survey Department, this service includes various sub-services such as land boundary information, zoning regulations, and more. The procedure is streamlined for efficiency:

  • Application Submission: You can submit your application through multiple channels, including the DM website, customer care center, or visiting the DM centers personally with your UAE identity proof and other necessary documents.
  • Document Submission: Submit a copy of the Land Department plan (not older than 2 years) and a delegation letter for lands within government projects.
  • Fee Payment: A standard fee of 200 AED applies, with the approval process being notably swift—15 minutes for villas and 1 working day for other services.

Expert Tips for a Smooth Dubai Municipality Approval Journey

  • Understand DM Guidelines: Familiarize yourself with DM’s specific standards and guidelines for your project type to minimize the chances of application rejection.
  • Accurate Documentation: Ensure all submitted documents are accurate, complete, and adhere to DM’s requirements to facilitate a smoother approval process.
  • Timely Follow-ups: Regularly check the status of your application and be proactive in addressing any feedback or requests from DM to avoid delays.
  • Professional Assistance: For complex projects, consider seeking advice or services from professionals experienced in navigating DM’s approval processes.

Leveraging Expertise for Dubai Municipality Approvals

Understanding the intricacies of DM’s approval procedures can be daunting, particularly for those unfamiliar with the regulatory landscape in Dubai. For projects that require a deep understanding of local regulations and standards, professional assistance can be invaluable.

At DAEM CONTRACTING LLC, we specialize in guiding clients through the DM approval process, offering expertise in a broad spectrum of approvals required across various Dubai authorities. Our team is adept at handling the complexities of securing DM approvals, ensuring your project complies with all local regulations and standards.


The process of obtaining DM approvals is critical for ensuring that your project proceeds without legal or regulatory hurdles. By following the detailed procedures outlined above and considering professional assistance when necessary, you can navigate the approval process more efficiently and confidently embark on your construction or development project in Dubai.

For assistance with your project’s DM approval process or other Dubai authority approvals, reach out to DAEM CONTRACTING LLC at daemuae.com or call us at +971 50 884 9955. Let our experts simplify your approval journey, allowing you to focus on realizing your project’s vision.

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