MIL-OSI Translation: Improve the performance of the building and living permit granting processes while ensuring the legality of constructions


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Court of Audit

Posted on October 13, 2021

The Court of Auditors summarized its audits carried out with seven Vaudois municipalities and supplemented it with an audit by CAMAC. The objective was to examine the performance of the process of granting building permits and living permits in building zones, both from a municipal and cantonal point of view.

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From 2017 to 2019, the Court of Auditors carried out performance audits of the permit granting processes in 7 municipalities1. It aggregated the results, including the survey carried out among all the Vaud municipalities. In order to gain a complete picture of the building permit granting process, the Court completed its analysis with a performance audit of the Central Building Authorizations (CAMAC). The report published today presents the results of this work.

The objective was therefore twofold: to ascertain whether the granting processes allow permits to be issued as soon as possible while ensuring the legality of constructions, and to assess the effectiveness of CAMAC, responsible for gathering special cantonal authorizations. The performance of the building and living permit granting processes lies in a skilful balance between an effective control of compliance and the speed of processing of files.

The report presents 22 recommendations addressed either to the General Directorate of Territory and Housing (DGTL), to which CAMAC is attached, or to the Council of State for those requiring coordinated action between different cantonal services. These recommendations aim to improve the performance of the granting process. First of all, the Court considers it desirable that the DGTL provide municipalities with the appropriate tools to help them fulfill their legal mission. Then, a clarification of the role of coordinator of CAMAC is necessary and the responsibility for the conduct of the cantonal process should be formally assigned to her. This implies the establishment of more formalized rules of collaboration, enhanced communication with its partners and strengthening of the management tools at its disposal. Finally, a re-examination of the cantonal administrative fees is essential: a periodic analysis of the costs and their coverage, as well as a harmonization of the counting of the processing time of a case by the cantonal services concerned are particularly recommended.

Finally, at the end of its audits on the authorization granting process at the municipal level, the Court identified 37 good practices and considers it relevant to share them with all the Vaud municipalities in the form of a guide for of Municipalities.

The full report, its summary and the guide to good municipal practices are freely accessible on the website of the Court of Auditors of the canton of Vaud There is also the video capsule presentation of the audit.

1 Yverdon-les-Bains (report no.47), Lausanne (no.49), Echallens (no.51), Rennaz (no.52), Ormont-Dessus (no.53), Valbroye (no.54) and Tannay (No 55)

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Valérie Schwaar, responsible magistrate, Court of Auditors,021 316 58 14



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