Rada draft bill foresees stricter penalties for illegal construction

16 December 2021, 09:51 AM

Miscreants in the construction sector will face harsher penalties under a bill passed at first reading on Dec. 15 by Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

If finally adopted, the bill (№ 5877) would impose stricter administrative and criminal charges for illegal development and construction.

 In particular, bill № 5877 includes the following provisions:

●       Increased fines for various offenses related to urban planning and development.

●       A list of subjects that can face administrative charges.

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●       The seizure of assets in cases of construction and development without a permit.

●       Ramped up criminal charges in cases of unsanctioned development, especially those involving protected heritage sites.

Several kinds of illegal construction activity would entail large fines: preliminary construction work (from UAH 17,000 to UAH 25,500); construction of buildings up to four floors (from UAH 34,000 to UAH 42,000) and those taller than five floors (from UAH 51,000 to UAH 59,500); construction of high-rise and commercial buildings (from UAH 68,000 to UAH 76,500).

 Selling property in apartment blocks that have not yet been fully certified and commissioned would lead to fines ranging between UAH 17,000 and UAH 85,000, depending on the number of floors of the building. Any officials implicated in such infractions would see fines levied against them.

 “I’m sure that once passed, this bill will attract significant foreign investment to our construction sector,” Ukraine’s Minister for Communities and Territories Development Oleksiy Chernyshov said in a Facebook post.

 The infamous State Construction Inspection Service, known as GASI, was completely replaced by a new organization – the State Urban Planning and Development Inspection – on Sep. 15. The newly-established service processed 1,300 applications within its first week, including 135 permits, 700 start-of-work notices, and 50 certificates of commission.

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