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Posted On: 4 June 2008 10:16 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:08 pm

Stiffer Penalty for Breach of Maintanence Rules

Khalifa Al Haroon
Khalifa Al Haroon
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The Advisory Council recently discussed the draft law piloted by its Services and Public Utilities committee pertaining to increasing the fine for people who violate Qatar's building maintenance rules. The committee recommended an increase in fine from QR50, as stipulated in Law No. 4 of 1985, which regulates maintenance of buildings, to QR500 for those found guilty of carrying out renovation and maintenance without obtaining the required permission from the department concerned. After hearing different views, the Advisory Council decided to return the draft law to the same committee to enable it to work out a fool-proof detailed report to the Advisory Council. Fahed Al Khayareen, Secretary of the council, told the meeting that the committee had so far held three meetings to discuss the issue and had heard various opinions. Among those who put forth their views were Minister of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture (MMAA), H E Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Khalifa Al Thani, and the Director of MMAA's Building Regulations Department, Sheikh Faleh bin Nasser Al Thani. The ministry and the committee agreed there was a need to amend the law and make it mandatory for building owners to take permission from the municipality for doing renovation or maintenance work in their buildings. The Peninsula