Dubai: 85% of existing buildings comply with laws
47.14% of the 17,075 construction violations detected by Dubai Municipality in 2016 included making unlicensed additions and modifications to existing buildings
Dubai Municipality confirmed that more than 85% of the emirate's existing buildings and establishments comply with planning and construction rules and regulations.
In 2016, the agency's Buildings Department received 3,375 complaints from the public about buildings that violate these rules and attended to 99.14% of these complaints.
During the year, 15,895 notices were issued to buildings for flouting construction laws and regulations, with 46,976 technical reports prepared regarding these violations.
Saeed Ahmed Khalifa Bin Humaidan Al Falasi, head of the building inspection section at the Buildings Department, said qualified engineers and specialists carried out inspections to check for construction compliance last year.
Up to 54,221 field visits were conducted through which 17,075 construction violations were found, 47.14% of which included making unlicensed additions and modifications.
In a statement, Eng Layali AbdulRahman Al Mulla, director of the municipality's Buildings Department, said the inspection section's team also looks for violations of building use and curbing unplanned growth by "correcting and repositioning" the plans.
She added: "The Department acts for public welfare by maintaining the safety of the users of the existing buildings and establishments [against] the misuse of the buildings by making random additions.
"We are keen to preserve the physical appearance and the aesthetic beauty of all existing buildings and establishments in Dubai."