Building Permits in Bali

Bali Legal Tips August 30, 2023

You may have heard of IMB, PBG, or SLF. But what are they? Take a look at this article and find out more about these building permits in Bali.


The PBG and SLF permit define the design and specification of the authorized building. They also grant permission for the building's intended usage. If a building does not comply with the registered permit, or even worse doesn’t have one, it is most likely that the building will be demolished by force, just like what happened in Uluwatu despite its near-finished construction.


The purpose of building permits is to carefully evaluate building designs to ensure they are properly planned and constructed in accordance with government regulations. This process will result in safer, hazard-resistant structures with proper electrical and wastewater systems, all while minimizing environmental impact.


So, what are the building permits in Bali? Let’s find out.


IMB (Izin Mendirikan Bangunan)/Building Permit


IMB is the name of building permits in Indonesia, until its update and replacement by PBG/SLF in 2021. As a result, IMB permits are no longer issued. However, if you already possess an IMB for a villa, this building permit remains valid and recognized by the government as long as your building stands.


PBG (Persetujuan Bangunan Gedung)/Building Approval


PBG or Persetujuan Bangunan Gedung, or Building Approval, in accordance with the latest policy of Peraturan Pemerintah No. 16 Tahun 2021 Tentang Bangunan Gedung. With this permit in place, you have the legal rights to construct an entirely new building, undertake renovations, or maintain your registered building according to the permitted technical requirements.


This permit only needs to be created once and will be valid as long as the building ages. If you happen to make any changes or modifications to the building, you only need to notify the Public Works Department for an amendment to the permit and get their approval.


An important note to keep in mind is that you should apply for the PBG certificate before commencing your construction.


SLF (Sertifikat Laik Fungsi Bangunan Gedung)/Certificate of Occupancy


This is another certificate that is a must-have besides PBG, and it serves as proof that your building is built by the applicable standards including safety, environment, culture, etc. You get this certificate after the PBG.


If your building is a residential one, the SLF certificate must be renewed every 20 years, and other than residential it must be 5 years.


SBKBG (Surat Bukti Kepemilikan Bangunan Gedung)/Certificate of Building Ownership


SBKBG is a proof certificate of rights to the ownership status of the building. You process and get this document along with the SLF. It is important to note that this certificate is different from land certificates (Hak Milik, HGB, etc.), as those only state the ownership of the land.


RTB (Rencana Teknis Pembongkaran Bangunan Gedung)/Technical Plan for Building Demolition


RTB is a document containing the results of identification of the built condition of the Building and its environment, demolition methodology, demolition risk mitigation, demolition technical plan drawings, and demolition implementation schedule.


You only need this permit if you plan to demolish your villa or any kind of building on top of the land.


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