YCDC drafts new rules for build­ing per­mits

The Myanmar Times - - Business - MYAT NYEIN AYE my­at­nyeinaye@mm­times.com

YAN­GON City Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee has fin­ished amend­ing its build­ing per­mit reg­u­la­tions, its sec­re­tary said yes­ter­day, af­ter com­plet­ing a di­vi­sive re­view of high-rise projects across the city that saw rule-break­ing de­vel­op­ers told to amend their de­signs.

The new reg­u­la­tions have al­ready been shared with in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion and will be made public once they have been ap­proved by the Yan­gon Re­gion gov­ern­ment, said Daw Hlaing Maw Oo.

“On Au­gust 7 we met to dis­cuss the new draft reg­u­la­tions for build­ing per­mits with the As­so­ci­a­tion of Myan­mar Ar­chi­tects [AMA] and the Myan­mar Engi­neer­ing Society. We will show it to the Myan­mar Con­struc­tion En­trepreneurs As­so­ci­a­tion [MCEA] be­fore sub­mit­ting it to the re­gional gov­ern­ment. If they ac­cept it, YCDC will adopt it,” she said.

Ex­ist­ing build­ing reg­u­la­tions were used by the Depart­ment of Engi­neer­ing (Build­ing) to grant per­mits to de­vel­op­ers un­der the for­mer gov­ern­ment.

When the cur­rent gov­ern­ment took power in April, it sus­pended con­struc­tion of all high-rise projects, pend­ing an in­spec­tion to en­sure all de­vel­op­ers were fol­low­ing the rules.

The YCDC high-rise in­spec­tion com­mit­tee also as­sessed the im­pact of the build­ings on the city’s char­ac­ter, on traf­fic and on the en­vi­ron­ment.

New rules need to be drafted be­cause ex­ist­ing rules do not of­fer enough pro­tec­tion in these ar­eas, said Daw Hlaing Maw Oo.

Un­der the YCDC Law of 2013, the com­mit­tee has the right to en­act news reg­u­la­tions, but this re­quires ap­proval from Yan­gon Re­gion gov­ern­ment, she said. “More­over, as this is now a demo­cratic coun­try, we will show it to the public. It will come out soon.”

U San Oo, chair of the AMA, said his as­so­ci­a­tion is co­op­er­at­ing with YCDC to amend the reg­u­la­tions, which have been drafted ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and tai­lored to Yan­gon.

“We have fin­ished the draft and we will dis­cuss it with de­vel­op­ers, and ne­go­ti­ate with them, so that they don’t have any prob­lems with the new rules. Then, once it has been ap­proved by the re­gional gov­ern­ment, it will be made public,” he said.

U Myo Myint, a mem­ber of the MCEA, said he has not yet heard about the new rules.

“Per­haps the com­mit­tee has dis­cussed them with our chair,” he said.

Photo: Aung Myin Ye Zaw

A con­struc­tion worker is re­flected at a build­ing site in Yan­gon.

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