Before You Build: 3 Must-Dos Before Constructing in Nigeria

“You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you’re going to have a strong superstructure”. Gordon B. Hinckley.

In this article, we highlight three solid foundations i.e. must-dos, before you start to build in Nigeria.

  1. Verify the Property

What’s the point of erecting a masterpiece that would be forcefully pulled down in a couple of years? So, before you commence construction, ensure you are building on the right property and in the right location. Conduct your due diligence. Ensure you’ve settled all the basic requirements of acquiring your land including; obtaining a Deed of Assignment or Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) & other necessary documents. Ensure you’ve also paid for appropriate levies & dues.

  1. Get Government Approval

Don’t build without telling the government! In virtually every state, it is compulsory to get a building plan approval, before commencing construction. A building plan approval is a permit which indicates that a building under construction is in compliance with the building laws and regulations of the government. Before you start to build, find out the building laws that govern your location and get approval from the appropriate body. For example, if you intend to build in Lagos, you must obtain a building plan approval from the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA).

  1. Get Your Insurance

Did you know that commencing construction without insurance is a criminal offence in Nigeria? Yes, it’s that serious! In a bid to ensure compliance to construction rules and to enforce safety measures, the government has mandated that every building under construction with more than two floors, must take out an insurance policy. The goal is to safeguard your investment as well as site workers and members of the public in close proximity to the location. Failure to comply attracts a fine or jail term. However, beyond the penalties, please be concerned about the safety of your workers, while protecting your investment. Don’t build without insurance!


Good news: you can get insurance before you start to build, right on your phone! It’s that easy. For more information, please click here.

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