Antigua and Barbuda

Ease of Doing Business in

Antigua and Barbuda

This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for Antigua and Barbuda. The first table lists the overall "Ease of Doing Business" rank (out of 189 economies) and the rankings by each topic. It also lists the economy's distance to frontier (DTF)** measure. The rest of the tables summarize the key indicators for each topic and benchmark against regional and high-income economy (OECD) averages.

Economy Overview

Region Latin America & Caribbean
Income Category High income
Population 89,069
GNI Per Capita (US$) 12,640
City covered St. John's
Doing Business 2014 Rank Doing Business 2013 Rank*** Change in Rank
71 66 down -5

Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2013 DTF** (% points) Improvement in DTF** (% points)
64.13 64.02 down 0.11

Dealing with Construction Permits


Shown below are the procedures, time, and costs to build a warehouse, including obtaining necessary licenses and permits, completing required notifications and inspections, and obtaining utility connections.

DB 2014 Rank 21 DB 2013 Rank*** 19 Change in Rank down-2
DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 84.92 DB 2013 DTF** (% points) 84.91 Improvement in DTF** (% points) up0.01
Indicator Antigua and Barbuda Latin America & Caribbean OECD

The total number of procedures required to build a warehouse. A procedure is any interaction of the company’s employees or managers with external parties.

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Procedures (number)
10 13 13

The total number of days required to build a warehouse. The measure captures the median duration that local experts indicate is necessary to complete a procedure in practice.

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Time (days)
134.0 215.5 147.1

Cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita. Only official costs are recorded.

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Cost (% of income per capita)
22.5 136.6 84.1
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Obtain location plan 2 days XCD 38
2 Obtain "approval in principle" 21 days XCD 30
3 Obtain project clearance from Fire Department 14 days no charge
4 Receive notification of fee charge and pay into the Treasury the appropriate fees 2 days XCD 7,035
5 Obtain planning permission from Development Control Authority 35 days no charge
6 Obtain final approval by the DCA board 14 days no charge
7 Receive inspection after commencement of construction 1 day no charge
8 Receive final inspection 1 day no charge
9 Obtain water connection 30 days XCD 450
10 Obtain fixed telephone line 14 days XCD 185

** The distance to frontier (DTF) measure shows the distance of each economy to the "frontier," which represents the highest performance observed on each of the topics including Getting Electricity across all economies included in Doing Business. An economy’s distance to frontier is indicated on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest performance and 100 the frontier. Read more...

***Last year's rankings are adjusted: they are based on 10 topics and reflect data corrections.

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