Egypt’s housing ministry will soon issue a frequently asked questions (FAQs) booklet for inquiries on “reconciliation in building violations” law, which aims to legalize the status of violators’ properties, Invest-Gate reports.
The booklet will be published within days on websites of competent administrative bodies and committees. It will also be present to all citizens on the ministry’s official website: firstname.lastname@example.org, Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities Assem El Gazzar announced in an official statement on August 29.
The move comes in line with the state’s interest to educate and acquaint locals with the new legislation, as well as, respond to all inquiries related to its conditions and application, El Gazzar explained.
In July, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly had issued the executive regulations for a temporary bill to settle building code violations, warranting fines of 5-100% of the land value to be imposed in case of breaching. The breakdown includes a 5% fine levied if the property does not follow the stipulated architectural outline, a 20% penalty if it does not conform to the construction plan, or a 25% forfeit if neither are followed, but the building still abides by regulations limiting sizing and number of stories, he revealed in a previous statement.
However, a 50% fine will be charged if the property follows the building code but has been built without a permit. Another 100% penalty can be applied if the house violates the building code, is constructed without a permit, and is implemented in an illegible area, the minister further stated. He noted that fees for requesting settlement are capped at EGP 5,000. Fines, however, can be paid over quarterly installments over a maximum of three years, after depositing 25% of minimum upfront.