Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hefty fines for flouting building regulations

Building owners in Mandalay will soon face hefty fines that may exceed the value of the buildings if the structures are built without permits or if they flout regulations, warned the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC).

From April 1, fines will be increased 75 percent for buildings that fail to comply with MCDC regulations or if they are constructed without or beyond the permit, MCDC’s Department of Buildings and Warehouses Division Head U Khin Maung Nyunt told The Myanmar Times.

He said the fines had to be increased because building owners often contravened the MCDC regulations.

“Previously the amount of the fine was small. So, people thought they will pay the fines later. There are some cases of construction beyond the approval. Everything seems okay after paying the fines.

“Now, the fines are increased and in some cases the fines are higher than the value of the building, so people are going to build according to the approval and in line with regulations.

“If buildings are constructed in accordance with the approval, there will be no fines. As people do not follow the regulations, the fines had to be increased,” he said yesterday.

The new fines for buildings constructed over and beyond the permit and those built before approval is obtained are K15,000 per square foot for reinforced concrete buildings, K10,000 per square foot for brick nogging buildings, K8000 per square foot for other buildings, and K15,000 per square foot for business and contract buildings.

The new fine rates are spelled under the Mandalay City Development Committee’s Building rules section 10(a), (b) and (c).
All the buildings to be constructed within MCDC territory must comply with rules and regulations set by the Department of Buildings and Warehouses.

MCDC has also ruled that buildings for business use must include parking lots, fire extinguishers and automated fire extinguishing system.

Translation by Zaw Nyunt