Oman: Sezad launches new land and environment laws
The new regulations issued by Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad) pertain to land allotment and environmental clearance
Oman's Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad) announced two new regulations regarding land allotment and environmental clearance on Sunday, 26 July, 2015.
Issued by Yahya bin Said bin Abdullah Al Jabri, chairman of Sezad, the regulations will come into effect from today.
The issuance of these two regulations comes in implementation of the Royal Decrees related to the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZD).
The first of the new usufruct regulations stipulates that Sezad is the only authorised party to license the usufruct of land owned by the state within SEZD, and that no party or individual shall take advantage of said lands without obtaining a prior usufruct permit from Sezad.
The usufruct of these lands will be in exchange of a remuneration specified by Sezad’s board of directors after obtaining the approval from Oman's Ministry of Finance, in order for the project to commence or expand its operations; or to build residential buildings for the project’s employees, local daily Times of Oman reported.
The environmental permits regulations has allowed projects at Special Economic Zone at Duqm a period of a calendar year to meet the obligatory requirements to obtain these permits.
Licensing the usufruct of the aforementioned lands to government authorities, places of worship, NGOs, and charities shall be in exchange of a nominal sum; or with waiver of the remuneration whatsoever, as decided by Sezad’s board of directors and after obtaining the approval of the Ministry of Finance.
The regulation regarding environmental permits states that projects should not commence or modify their operations before obtaining an environmental permit from Sezad, and emphasises that Sezad shall only issue environmental permits to projects after verifying the projects’ fulfillment of all obligatory requirements according to the law and this regulation.
Sezad, according to the provisions of this regulation, shall issue a preliminary environmental permit, which is granted prior to the commencement of construction. This permit is valid for one year subject to renewal for a similar period or periods.