The time-predictability of the clearance process is perceived as moderately satisfactory GETR Facilitation payments are not directly addressed by the law TLR It is not a requirement that the declarations are made public HRR Cases brought forward by the CCDI are rarely overruled by the judicial system, which is not independent from the government administration in China.
Monetary fines are imposed on passive and active bribery in these cases ICS InChina entered the sixth year of its anti-corruption drive.
In one corruption case in Augustthe Tianjin explosion was investigated as licenses had seemingly been obtained through the principle of guanxi and collusion with government officials New York Times, Aug. Bribery of relatives or persons close to a current or former state personnel is also criminalized ICS Corruption among journalists also remains common; PR firms often pay journalists for favorable coverage and bribes are also occasionally paid to remove negative stories FotP For more information see here.
However, dealing with construction permits takes twice as long as elsewhere in the region and requires significantly more steps DB There is no guarantee of access to government information in China FotP They often work out of makeshift offices at local hotels for months, where they meet with dozens of low- and mid-level officials who have been targeted.