Property developers in Nairobi will no longer have to physically present development plans for stamping as a mark of final approval.

This is after Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) announced that it had restored the Quick Response (QR) coding system under the e-construction permit system, eliminating the need for stamping. Developers will, therefore, no longer present hard copies of their development application documents for stamping as a final approval process.

“It is notified to the general information of the public that the Nairobi Metropolitan Services has restored the quick response coding system under the e-construction permit system, consequently, take notice that from Thursday, November 19, 2020, NMS will no longer accept or admit development application documents for stamping as a final approval process.” said director-general Major Mohammed Badi in a notice to the public.

The QR Code system provides unique identification of all approved architectural and structural plans. City Hall launched the system on March 29 but in May, the NMS announced the suspension of the e-construction development application system, which the QR coding system is part of.NMS later restored the e-system after pressure from players in the built industry. However, the coding system was not restored.

The return of the system is set to significantly reduce the approval time for construction permits by removing the need for one to wait for their plans to be stamped to start building.