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Dubai’s dilapidated buildings rules changed

Dubai Municipality has issued an amendment to Decision No 61 of 2011 on unlicensed, dilapidated and abandoned buildings to control and supervise the industry. The new decision amends 25 percent of administrative expenses incurred by the building owner to be 20 percent of the cost of demolition, removal or maintenance. The announcement was made by […]

Dubai Municipality has issued an amendment to Decision No 61 of 2011 on unlicensed, dilapidated and abandoned buildings to control and supervise the industry.

The new decision amends 25 percent of administrative expenses incurred by the building owner to be 20 percent of the cost of demolition, removal or maintenance.

The announcement was made by Eng. Hussein Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality.

As a result, an “existing building certificate” will now be issued by the Building Department to the building owner, instead of the “building completion certificate” issue previously.

Additionally building permits will replace the existing building license documentation as stipulated in Local Order No. 3 of 1999 on organizing construction work in the Emirate of Dubai.

However, where construction began before the date of the new decision, the building department may issue an existing certificate without any licensing, supervision or monitoring from the municipality.

For buildings under construction, the Building Department may issue a permit if the project meets legal requirements. The developers will be given one year from the date of this decision to apply for building certificates and permits.

Owners will be liable for charges of 1 dirham per square foot for site inspection and exploration certificates. The minimum fee is AED 1000 and maximum is AED 50000 for one building.

Last month Eng. Lootah announced more than 400 buildings would be demolished in the Emirate.

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