Violations growing among Qatari consultancy firms

Violations growing among Qatari consultancy firms
The meeting convened by Qatar's Al Daayen Municipality with local consulting companies in progress.
Published: 15 May 2017 - 4:37 a.m.
By: Malcolm Dias

There is growing concern by authorities on violations committed by construction consultancy firms in Al Daayen in Qatar’s North East. This emerged during a recent meeting organised by senior officials from Al Daayen Municipality in collaboration with the Technical Affairs Department and representatives from consultancy firms to discuss building permit requirements and building completion certificates.

Among the prominent violations cited by the Municipality were the non-compliance of specifications to accredited plans, addition of works without seeking permit, inadequate or non-supervision of works and also not giving notifications to authorities concerned about building completion, according to an un-named municipal official quoted by The Peninsula.

A total of 56 consultancy companies participated in the meeting to be updated on key developments in the Municipality’s engineering office affairs. The gathering also provided an opportunity for consultancy firms to raise their concerns and complaints and provide suggestions relating to compliance and approval.

The meeting was attended by Mubarak Matar Al Kuwari, Al Daayen Municipality director; Saad Al Muraikhi, Technical Affairs Department director and Nasser Al Mohannadi, Building Permits section head. “In case the consultancy firms want to make amendments on the permits, they must apply online and wait for the result to pay the fee”, said Al Kuwari.

Commenting on this, one attendee, engineer Ibrahim of Al Rayan Engineering Consultancy, a local consultancy in Doha commented: “The procedure of issuing building permits or amendments has become easier compared to the past. Now only one authority, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, is solely responsible for its issuance. Earlier we had to also seek separate approvals from Ashghal and the Housing Department as well.”

“The issuance of a permit in the past usually took 25 days and everything was done manually. But, now it takes only 7 to 10 days, and everything is completed electronically,” he added. He also noted that any amendment had to be approved by the Ministry, failing which fines could be levied on any violations.

He also added that the rules and regulations should be uniform at all municipalities. "Now every municipality has its own set of rules and regulations related to building approval which may match sometimes but generally vary from municipality to municipality," he concluded.

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