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Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Contractors can resume constructions on buildings up to four storeys

Construction ban partially relaxed: Contractors and real estate developers will now be permitted to resume construction on buildings that are no higher than four storeys after the government yesterday relaxed some of the construction restrictions introduced in May. The exemption applies only to companies that have already obtained the required building permits, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly said following a meeting with local governors and the local development minister. The decision comes a day after President Abdel Fattah El Sisi called on the government to end the six-month ban and introduce new building regulations as soon as possible.

Steel companies are complaining: The ban has caused demand for steel billets and building materials to plummet 40-50%, an industry figure tells the local press.

Background: The government imposed in May a six-month ban on construction permits in urban centers, including Greater Cairo and Alexandria, after President Abdel Fattah El Sisi ordered the government to halt construction in response to ongoing building code violations. All ongoing construction of private housing was also halted until owners present plans that meet legal requirements, such as allowing for enough parking spots. The decision came after parliament approved in March the Unified Building Code, a long-awaited piece of legislation that gave the government sharper teeth to clamp down on illegal construction

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