DM fee up to Dh50,000 for building inspection

Dubai Municipality on Thursday issued new decision on with regard to inspection of unlicensed and under construction buildings whereby the owner has to pay fee up to Dh50,000 for an unlicensed building.

A press statement said that the building owner has to pay Dh1 per square foot for site inspection and exploration certificates. The minimum fee is Dhs1,000 and maximum is Dhs50,000 for one building.

The decision is aimed at controlling and supervising the construction sector and creating unified archives of standards, specifications and construction documents in Dubai. 

Eng. Hussein Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, issued an administrative decision whereby the “Existing Building Certificate" will be issued by Buildings Department to the building owner instead of the erstwhile "Building Completion Certificate." While a "Building Permit" is to be issued instead of the "Building Licence" pertaining to organising construction work. 

The statement didn’t mention the effective date for the decision.

For unlicensed buildings, whose construction was started before this decision, the Buildings Department may issue an Existing Building Certificate, without any licence or supervision or monitoring from the Municipality. This depends on the satisfaction of Municipality regarding the technical aspects and safety measurements adopted in building construction. To get the Existing Building Certificate, all building drawings and designs should comply with recognized professional and engineering principles. In addition, the owner has to submit a building fitness certificate through an engineering consultancy approved by the Municipality along with an acknowledgment of the contractor and the consultant engineer.

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

The Municipality statement said that the dilapidated and abandoned buildings will be demolished by the order from Director of Buildings Department based on the technical report prepared by a committee formed for this purpose.

The owners of such buildings, after being notified of committee decision in accordance with the procedures, will be allowed a period of maximum six months to implement the decision of demolition or removal or restoration or completion of construction.

The owner also has to pay an insurance amount to ensure the implementation of the decision within the time limit granted to him. The insurance will be collected as per the Administrative Decision No. 27 of 2001 on Building Insurance.  If the owner fails to implement the decision, the Buildings Department will undertake it in ways that it deems appropriate and seize the insurance amount to pay all costs of demolition and removal or restoration in addition to administrative expenses by 25 per cent of the value of those costs.

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