Saudi: New building rules for small, medium cities

Saudi Arabia has approved a set of construction requirements for projects with heights of up to 12 floors in small- and medium-sized cities

The new regulations will not apply to the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Makkah, or Madinah.
The new regulations will not apply to the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Makkah, or Madinah.

The construction requirements for projects with heights of up to 12 floors in small- and medium-sized cities in Saudi Arabia have been approved.

The aim is to encourage the public and private sectors to implement pioneering projects to serve small- and medium-sized cities, according to Arab News.

The requirements ask that the project site is located on two streets – one of them classified as commercial – not less than 30m in width or depth, and a front façade not less than 4m.

The newly approved decision will allow landlords to combine plots at the back of their projects if the 30m depth requirement cannot be met, in accordance with the standards set out by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.

The requirements, which were approved by Abdul Lateef Al-Asheikh, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, do not apply to Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Mecca, or Madinah.

Projects exempted from the rules include private hospitals and clinics, hotels and furnished apartments, and commercial and administrative centres.

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