Ministry of Agriculture ban on capital construction in urban forested areas


Legal Update No. 128

Goltsblat BLP advises that Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation No. 543 of 6 November 2009 applies to urban forested areas the special regime for commercial activities envisaged by the Forest Code of the Russian Federation for forested park zones.  Among other things, this bans capital construction here (with the exception of hydro-engineering facilities).

It is also established that a strip no more than 25 metres wide, determined in accordance with the requirements of the technical (construction) regulations, may be felled for location of linear facilities in:

  • forests located in water-protection zones;
  • forests protecting natural and other items;
  • valuable forests;
  • forests located in specially protected forest areas.

The order came into effect on 25 January 2010.

For additional information, please contact:

Vitaly Mozharowski,
Partner, Real Estate and Construction,
Goltsblat BLP,

Elena Barinova,
Partner, Real Estate Investment  and Finance,
Goltsblat BLP,

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