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Brunei – Property Building and Renovation

Planning Permission in Brunei

In Brunei, it is necessary to apply for planning permission to build or renovate a property. The procedure is as follows:

  • Obtain a project from an architect or engineer
  • Submit the project to the Town and Country Planning Department for approval
  • Once approved, obtain a building permit from the Ministry of Development

Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas, and Preservation Orders

If your property is listed or located within a conservation area or preservation order, there are additional rules and regulations to follow.

  • Listed buildings require approval from the Department of Museums for any alterations or renovations
  • Conservation areas and preservation orders may have restrictions on the type of changes that can be made to the property’s exterior

Finding Reliable Builders in Brunei

When looking for a builder in Brunei, it’s important to find someone reliable and trustworthy. One way to do this is to look for builders who belong to a professional organization.

  • The Brunei Association of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects is a professional organization that represents builders and contractors in Brunei. They can be contacted at basea.bwn@gmail.com or +673 872 3041.

Permits and Licences

When building or renovating a property in Brunei, there are several permits and licenses you may need to obtain.

  • Building permit: Required for any new construction or major renovation
  • Electrical permit: Required for any electrical work
  • Plumbing permit: Required for any plumbing work

Finding a Local Architect in Brunei

If you need an architect to design your project, you can find one through the Brunei Association of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects.

  • Brunei Association of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects: basea.bwn@gmail.com or +673 872 3041

Buying Land in Brunei

If you’re buying land in Brunei, there are a few common pitfalls to be aware of.


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  • Make sure you have planning permission before purchasing land
  • Check the boundaries of the land to ensure they match the land registry
  • Be aware of any environmental or conservation restrictions that may affect the land
  • Check for any outstanding taxes or debts on the land


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