x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Sharjah building safety campaign sees 3,000 owners sign up for approvals

“As part of the campaign all owners of violating buildings that turn up to correct them would have all their fines waived,” says the director of Sharjah Department of Planning and Survey.

SHARJAH // A total of 3,067 building owners in Sharjah have applied to have illegal modifications to their properties brought in line with new regulations as part of a campaign to ensure strict safety rules are met, officials have said.

The campaign, which kicked off in April, is aimed at cracking down on buildings with additions not specified in the building plan, said Salah bin Butti, the director of Sharjah Department of Planning and Survey.

“As part of the campaign all owners of violating buildings that turn up to correct them would have all their fines waived,” said Mr Bin Butti.

The campaign, which will continue until April next year, will also work to raise awareness among residents about the safety of buildings.

“All modifications must be brought to the planning section documented, approved and incorporated into the building plan,” said Mr bin Butti.

The campaign is being held by the Department of Planning and Survey in co-operation with Sharjah Municipality and Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority.

Mr Bin Butti said a team made up of staff from all three bodies will carry out field visits to find violators who own old buildings as well as to confirm adherence to all safety procedures before any new building permits are issued.

The campaign will start with visits to newer neighbourhoods and end with more established areas.

Sewa is offer a 50 per cent discount on connection charges for new buildings that meet safety standards and receive building permits.

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