DPM revises private home construction law in Abu Dhabi

Legislation reworked to reduce construction costs for landowners, Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities says

Abu Dhabi's private home building law has been updated [representational].
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Abu Dhabi's private home building law has been updated [representational].

Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (DPM) – formed by Law No. 5 of 2018 as the entity responsible for urban development in Abu Dhabi – has issued a new law to regulate the construction of private villas in the UAE capital – aligned with Abu Dhabi Government Accelerators Programme, Ghadan 21 (Tomorrow 21) – with the aim of cutting construction costs for landowners.

DPM’s specialised teams worked with engineers from the Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra municipalities alongside relevant authorities to draft the law revisions.

In a statement, DPM said it had revised building legislation to reduce the minimum size of bedrooms, kitchens, dining areas, and majlis seating areas following feedback from landowners requesting for more flexible requirements.

DPM has amended private villa construction legislation.

As part of the legislation, landowners in Abu Dhabi are no longer required to build a hallway in their home, with the maximum height for side fences reduced from 6m to 4m.

Landowners may also build extensions to their properties overlooking a street, DPM said in its statement.

Commenting on the move, executive director of DPM’s Strategic Affairs Sector, HE Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, said: “The legislation will lower building costs for landowners, providing practical and modern solutions that can be easily applied, speeding up the delivery of housing projects and improving quality of life for residents.

“Compliance with the legislation will help stimulate business, investment, community development and enhance lifestyle, while increasing the emirate's competitiveness.”

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