Approving the amendment of the executive regulations of the Saudi Building Code application system.. and compensating the owner for damages during this period

Al-Marsad Newspaper: The Minister of Commerce, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization, Majid Al-Qasabi, approved the amendment of the executive regulations of the building code application system.


The amendment of the regulations included obligating the designer supervising the implementation of the construction and the executor to compensate the owner for what happens within ten years from the date of issuance of the occupancy certificate, from the total or partial demolition of the buildings he built or erected from the facilities, and for every hidden defect that threatens the durability and safety of the building. According to Umm Al-Qura newspaper.

The approved designer shall be responsible for the design defects if his work is limited to developing the design only without supervising the implementation, and every condition intended to exempt the contractor or supervising designer from the warranty or limit it shall be null and void. Through the durability, stability and stability of buildings and facilities, taking into account universal access, provision of a healthy environment, adequate lighting and ventilation, rationalization of water and energy, and protection of lives and property from the dangers of fire, earthquakes and other risks associated with buildings.

Code requirements and requirements related to thermal insulation

The requirements and requirements of the code related to thermal insulation and related to prevention and fire protection shall be applied to all construction works immediately after the system comes into effect, without considering the stages of gradation. The application of the requirements and requirements of the code to existing buildings shall be according to the possibility of application, with a technical report from an accredited engineering office that includes possible engineering solutions.

Municipal licensing procedures

According to the system, and taking into account the municipal licensing procedures system and its implementing regulations, a building, restoration, modification, demolition, change of use, expansion or any other similar license is not issued except after verifying that the documents and plans conform to the code and being approved by the relevant authorities. The license applicant undertakes Adhere to the code, assign the design, supervision and implementation work to specialists who hold professional practice licenses issued by the concerned authority, and submit the contracts concluded with them indicating their addresses and means of communication with them, provided that those contracts expressly stipulate the commitment of practitioners to carry out the work entrusted to them according to the code. The building may be occupied only after obtaining an occupancy certificate from the municipal body according to the occupancy classification contained in the Saudi General Building Code (SBC201). The municipal body may issue a temporary occupancy certificate for a period not exceeding one hundred and eighty days, subject to renewal, for temporary and seasonal buildings and facilities, festivals and events, and workers’ housing in large projects. as needed during the implementation period.

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