Qatar: Fines implemented for violating contractors
New legislation is in the pipeline for construction contractors, carrying heavy fines for any building violations
Contractors could be fined between $2700 (QAR10,000) and $27,500 (QAR100,000) if they carry out works on buildings that have no obtained a legal permit from the municipality concerned.
Similar permits are also required for any additional construction or partitioning of buildings.
Dr Ahmed Abu Mustafa, Legal Adviser of the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, explained the concept and provisions of judicial control over buildings and excavations at a workshop.
He outlined the provisions of Law No. 4 of 1985 and amendments brought about by the Law No. 8 of 2014 in which construction of any building, or the initiation of any works without obtaining a legal permit from the municipality concerned, was banned.
Painting the building façades and exterior walls in any colour not approved by the municipality concerned was also prohibited.
Fines ranging from QR250 and QR500 per square metre and a fine ranging between QR200 and QR400 for every linear metre in case of undertaking any building works or partition and the like without a permit would be imposed.
He also explained personal qualities to be met by inspectors checking such violations and procedures for registration of violations and settlement with violators, The Peninsula reported.
The second paper by Engineer Hussein Mohammed, of the Office of the Assistant Undersecretary for Public Services Affairs, discussed the ministerial decisions No. 120, 121 and 122 of 2015, which aim to control construction, maintenance and demolition works in public places, which underscores the safety and protection of passers-by.
The law mandates contracting and excavation companies, engineers and consultancy offices practising construction works to take precautions for public welfare.
Conditions for pedestrian paths bordering work sites and interim sidewalk were also mandated, including installing guidelines and warning signs and barriers for regulating pedestrian movement.
It was also declared as mandatory for contractors to install a banner in a clearly visible location in the work site, showing the name of the owner, description of the project, number and date of the licence, name and other particulars of the contractor, and the name of the person in charge of the site.