The first test of the self-licensing reform (Photo: ShutterStock)
In the near future, all eyes will be on the Sharonim Regional Committee, headed by Doron Ouzan, which recently announced that it has raised the gauntlet and is the first local committee to actually promote permits in the self-licensing track. This is at a time when the other local committees, as of today, are afraid to advance the reform, which was approved in early 2023.
According to Doron Ouzan, "We receive full support for the process from the Planning Administration and work in cooperation with the Deputy Director General of Regulation at the Planning Administration. We built a system capable of advancing any reform, we put up a dedicated team that studied and trained to advance the reform, and this is proving itself on the ground. Currently, we have three applications out of four pending the signature of an authorized permit, which include about 55 housing units and a precise schedule for advancing the permits from receipt of information until payment date, when the applications are only two months away. You can say that we succeeded, the bottom line is that this is a significant time saving of about 8 months for the project developers."
* Many engineers in the test result are currently afraid of the process of being cut off from the authorities and feel exposed without the envelope. I succeeded, together with the planning director, in building the right envelope so that any engineer who meets the criteria can perform self-licensing without feeling alone in battle, but we at Sharonim are walking with him all the way because our goal is for the reform to succeed."
Self-licensing reform: what is it all about?
The reform is supposed to, in effect, relieve the jam on granting building permits to contractors and, according to estimates, shorten the planning and construction processes in Israel by one to four years. Today, the actual construction time reaches about 3 years, but the entire planning time, until the key is transferred, can reach no less than 13 years.
The regulations approved by the National Council enable the management of licensing and planning processes in parallel and not in column as is customary today, and therefore constitute real news in the field of streamlining and shortening the licensing and planning processes. The move is made possible in light of the fact that a rapid licensing program is a plan that is spread over a limited number of lots and is a plan aimed at implementation.
The principles of the new outline enable self-licensing, through an authorized permittee, who steps into the shoes of the licensing authority from the submission of the application for a permit until the issuance of a certificate of completion, with the information stage being a central layer in creating certainty for the process.
The information provided by the local/regional committee will include, in addition to detailed and focused planning information, all the conditions required for granting the permit and for all stages of implementation, in a manner that will enable the permit licensee to manage independently throughout all stages of handling the project.
Doron Ouzan, Chairman of the Sharonim Planning and Building Committee (Photo: PR)
In this track, it will be possible to submit applications for permits in which at least 80% of the requested building areas are designated for residential use, without easements, and does not include buildings for preservation, and in the event that the building has more than 2 floors and 5 apartments, approval from a control institute is required for the planning and implementation stage.
The route of an authorized person for a permit will not apply in the event that the requested building does not meet all of the above conditions, or information has not been provided to the authorized person for the permit, or the local authority has decided that this route will not be possible within its boundaries.
Ozan added that the self-licensing reform is an important step in reducing regulation and shortening licensing procedures. "We are joining a series of important reforms to shorten the duration. Sharonim, as a committee, will continue to lead additional steps in order to streamline the licensing process and reduce regulation. At the same time, we began to hold lateral meetings with the engineers of the local councils and with planners who work with the committee on a routine basis, in order to make them not fear, and to feel that there is someone to rely on. The committee has an excellent staff that has been trained for every action for a long time."
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