What is JDAP?

The Jamaica Development Application Portal (JDAP) is an online platform that enables applicants to submit development applications. Registered users can make secure payments online, update information, upload attachments and see their application status, reports and comments. 

Local authorities (municipal corporations) and relevant agencies use the portal to review, comment on and approve development applications. 

The information in the JDAP database can be accessed by registered users. The public is also invited as public users, to access the Public Search feature to keep informed on development and report breaches observed.

Development Approval Review Process Connected one place

The development approval process is a consultative one among several entities for the approval of building and environmental permit applications. Building applications start at the Local Planning Authority/Municipal Corporations and involves the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) while applications relating to environment are assessed at the NEPA. 

Several other agencies are required to comment on the various types of application and are included in the process as commenting agencies.

JDAP has all the key decision makers in the development application review process – the local authorities and the relevant agencies – in a workflow so that all entities can view the application simultaneously, comment and approve or refuse the application.