Technical Regulations on Safety of Buildings and Structures to come into effect on 1 July 2010

16.02.2010

Legal Update No. 124

Goltsblat BLP advises that Federal Law No. 384-FZ of 30 December 2009 approved the Technical Regulations for Safety of Buildings and Structures (the Regulations).

The Regulations establish mandatory requirements for safety of buildings and structures of any type (including utility and engineering networks constituting part of them), which apply throughout the life-cycle of the building or structure - from when survey work begins to when demolition is completed.

The design documentation should be used as the main document for decision-making on safety of the building or structure at all subsequent stages of its life-cycle. In order to ensure observance of the sanitary and epidemiological requirements, the design documentation for buildings and structures in which people are constantly present (for over two hours in a row) must envisage water supply, sewerage, heating, ventilation and electricity supply systems.

SNiPs approved up to 1 July 2010 are regarded as collections of rules that must, in general, be observed if they are included on the list of national standards and collections of rules subject to approval by the Government of the Russian Federation.

The requirements stipulated by the Regulations do not apply to the following buildings and structures until they are renovated or undergo a complete overhaul:

1)  ones already in use before the Regulations come into effect;

2)  ones built, renovated or overhauled in accordance with design documentation approved or submitted for state expert examination before the Regulations come into effect;

3)  ones whose design documentation is not subject to state expert examination and the construction permit application for which is submitted before the Regulations come into effect.  

For additional information, please contact:

Vitaly Mozharowski,
Partner, Real Estate and Construction,
Goltsblat BLP,
E: info@gblplaw.com

Elena Barinova,   
Partner, Real Estate Investment and Finance,
Goltsblat BLP, 
E: info@gblplaw.com

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