Finance Ministry greenlights public access to urban developers’ permits

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal promised to complete the urban planning reform and eliminate shadow schemes in the industry as early as this year.Photo from UNIANPhoto from UNIAN

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov says the ministry has opened data on declarative and permitting documents from the construction operations registry.

“We are opening data on declarative and permissive documents from the construction activity registry, which was launched in early July as part of the implementation of the Unified State Electronic System in the field of urban planning in Ukraine,” he wrote on Facebook on September 21.

Read alsoUkraine’s Foreign Minister invites Portuguese investors to partake in grand privatizationIn particular, the ministry has expanded the list of boxes to be filled in; improved data protection from illegal altering; introduced a unique identifier that allows binding all permits to a construction facility, and made the coordinates of the exact location of the object available online.


  • In July, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved an experiment on the implementation of the first stage of the Unified State Electronic System in the field of construction. The goal is to improve quality of public services in the construction sector.
  • In July, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal promised to complete the urban planning reform and eliminate shadow schemes in the industry in 2020.
  • As of September 3, 2020, some 90% of Ukrainians supported efforts toward renovation and construction of roads, schools, and kindergartens as part of the Big Construction program introduced by the Ukrainian president.

(c)UNIAN 2020


  • I have a very good real estate agent, who is also a lawyer. This is essential to have when dealing with real estate in Ukraine. In addition, I am good friends with an SBU officer, who is also capable of helping me when things should get “sticky”.

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    • I think you’re right Facts. We bought a flat in a new building in Kyiv and now three years on it is still in construction…….but paid for…..

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      • It sounds like you bought ‘off plan’, which is not entirely risk-free. Many British people invested in places like Spain, Cyprus etc off plan with no problems, but quite a few experienced horror stories. Partly because of bank foreclosures, inexperience by the developer, or an out-and-out scam.
        When it comes off, you can do very well. Especially as I understand that Kyiv (at least pre-chicom pox) has good rental potential. Returns of 10-12% are achievable.
        Good luck with your project redders!

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        • Very true, my British friend! Ukraine offers the best investment to yield ratio of any European country.

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          • Wow! That’s a ringing endorsement facts! Congratulations on your foresightedness. It sounds like you’re already a player and achieving good returns. It would be interesting to learn about your experience some time. Perhaps in the private section of our site?

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            • I would do that if there is an interest. I am fortunate to have good connections in this regard and wouldn’t mind sharing it with you guys. Having useful (truthful) info on this topic is essential to any potential real estate buyer or investor, more so in a country like Ukraine.

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        • Thank you 🙂 I also have…connections…with security ;)) I’m not too worried yet but I’m not in a hurry like others are.

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      • Sorry to hear that Red.
        When I looked at another apartment to buy in Kyiv in July, I saw a double high-rise project (fifteen or so stories tall) practically next door with no work being done to it. Although it was daytime in the middle of the week, not a soul was seen there. My agent told me that the project managers are in jail. They used the building site without having ownership of it. I don’t want to scare you with this story but only want to put awareness in you and anyone else that even if a builder doesn’t want to cheat you, he could have cheated someone else and thus the project can be just as dead and the money just as gone. I also know that some people sell apartments that don’t really belong to them. A bribed person at the local notary public office can make the property “officially his”. Or, the owner has not been certified with certainty when two or more parties claim the same property. When the ownership has finally been established, you may have bought it from the person who was declared to be non-owner. And so on and so forth. My agent has years of experience and has many good connections and she always looks deeply into any and all issues concerning a property and if she isn’t 100% satisfied, she tells me that she cannot and will not recommend this place and that’s that.
        Yes, dangers are omnipresent whenever there is lots of money is involved.
        I do hope that all will go well for you in the end, Red.

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