Friday, September 22, 2017

New construction permit applications decreasing: YCDC

New building regulations introduced by Yangon City Development Committee have resulted in a fall in requests for building permits – and this is a good thing, says the YCDC building department.

The new rules, which were introduced in early July, lay down tighter requirements for car-parking spaces, pathways, the size of buildings, water, sanitation and drainage, and require a pre-construction deposit of K5 million.

“The new regulations have had a direct impact on the number of new proposals – especially the requirement for the deposit. The main contractor and sub-contractors can’t agree who should pay it,” said one building department official.

The net effect, he added, was to drive out cowboy construction companies. Reputable companies had no difficulty in paying the deposit and meeting the other requirements, he said.

“New building permit requests didn’t fall during the financial crisis last year and early this year, but they have now,” he said.

The shortage of parking spaces attached to residences is particularly acute in the crowded downtown area, especially in Lanmadaw, Latha, Kyauktada, Pabedan, Pazundaung and Botahtaung townships, said U Ko Ko Htway, chairman of local developer Taw Win Family Construction.

“There isn’t enough land available for a car park downtown, so parking space has to go in the basement,” he said.

“Because of the new regulations, we have to seek the largest areas whenever we start a construction project,” Daw Khin Than Lwin, a business consultant for Father Land construction.

Officials also believe that by following the new regulations, contractors should avoid disputes with landowners.