Draft bill radically changes building permit system

A draft bill tabled in Parliament by the environment, energy and climate change ministry will bring about radical changes to the way construction permits and inspection of buildings is conducted in Greece. Among the most significant changes is the abolition of town planning departments in their present form entirely, with the issue of building permits transferred to municipalities. It also abolishes inspections, requiring only that civil engineers submit plans and proof of paying the necessary fees and contributions. The engineer signing the plans will then be held responsible if the studies submitted are not in accordance with the law or if construction is not carried out according to the plan.

The key aim is to separate the process of approving plans from that of supervising the work.

According to the environment ministry, the aim is to reduce the time for the approval and issue of building permits, reduce bureaucracy, enhance transparency and boost business enterprise.

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