Transport Ministry proposes new construction law

The Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development on July 18 introduced a new draft law on construction, and invited public submissions on it. The aim of the draft amendment is to remove what the ministry calls ‘chaos’ from urban planning, improve decision-making to make it more effective, and to make construction offices more professional.

The Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development on July 18 introduced a new draft law on construction, and invited public submissions on it. The aim of the draft amendment is to remove what the ministry calls ‘chaos’ from urban planning, improve decision-making to make it more effective, and to make construction offices more professional.

“We have managed to prepare a construction law suited to the requirements of a new millennium,” the ministry’s state secretary, František Palko, said at a press conference. “The current law, which is almost 40 years old, will finally be replaced by a piece of legislation that reflects long and demanding discussion among experts from all relevant spheres,” he added.

The ministry says its main goal is to simplify the process of construction approval for citizens by decreasing the administrative requirements and improving quality of service. For example, the approval trial period for small buildings and family villas up to 300 square metres will be shortened by three months on average.

The new wording of the law also brings new tools to address so-called black, or illegal, structures. “We will ultimately be able to handle existing illegal structures and the law will strongly boost the prevention of such constructions,” Palko said. “We are handling issues nobody before had the courage to tackle,” he added.

Both experts and citizens can submit comments on the law until September 15. If approved, it will become effective as of July 1, 2014.

Source: Transport Ministry press release

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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