Though not yet in force, the new Construction Law is already undergoing editorial and content-wise amendments.
Construction Law to come into force on 1 October 2014
The effective date of the Construction Law has been postponed again. On 24 April 2014, the Parliament adopted Amendments to the Construction Law so that the new Construction Law and the regulations currently under development by the Cabinet of Ministers must come into force on 1 October 2014. The other regulations should be developed and adopted by the Cabinet before 1 December 2014.
The Construction Law has been supplemented by regulations on the State Construction Control Office. The main task of the office will be to supervise construction and reconstruction of all the largest public buildings, to control construction works at the state level and monitor building exploitation, organise expert examinations and grant independent practice rights to construction experts. A decision taken by the office can be challenged in line with administrative procedure, though challenging a decision would not stop its operation.
The present plan is for the State Construction Control Office to start work on 1 October 2014, when the new Construction Law comes into force, although the office might not be fully functional until 1 January 2015.
Construction work supervision to increase
On 22 May 2014, at the second reading the Parliament adopted the third draft law “Amendments to the Construction Law”, which is expected to strengthen construction work supervision and the responsibility of those involved in construction.
The amendments will provide for public discussion of buildings and the need to assess the effect on the environment. In addition, the functions and mutual interaction of the construction board and the State Construction Control Office will be distinguished more specifically. Added to the expanding powers of construction inspectors, this means that construction control will become stricter.
In the meanwhile, amendments to the Criminal Law are being promoted in the Parliament with a view to more severe penalties of imprisonment for violations committed during construction.