Bucharest City Hall prepares fines for building owners who don’t rehabilitate their facades

Newsroom 23/07/2018 | 07:33

This week, the Bucharest General Council (CGMB) will discuss a resolution which provides that Bucharest property owners may receive fines between RON 5,000 and RON 8,000 if the facades of the buildings are not rehabilitated.

The project envisages the adoption of a regulation for building owners in Bucharest, which has degraded facades, puts citizens at risk and affects the quality of the environment. The regulation will apply to all buildings in Bucharest and will address all property owners, natural and legal persons, as well as public administration authorities and public institutions that have buildings in Bucharest.

According to the regulation, the owners are obliged to take measures and rehabilitate the facades from their own funds and organize the reception upon completion of the works. If they do not take on their own initiative measures for the rehabilitation of the facades of their buildings, they will be notified by the mayor of the capital and will have one year from the notification for the works.

In the case of historic monument buildings, the Ministry of Culture will also be notified to monitor the way the works are done, and for these buildings, the facades will be restored to the original color, and all the electrical connections, TV antennas, air conditioners – should not be in visible places.

Also, the woodwork will be restored in its original color and shape, and the roof coverings will be restored from the same materials as the original ones. Almost the same rules apply to buildings that are not in the protected areas: the facade colors will be open and neutral (white, yellow, gray, beige) established by the building permit or the chief architect’s technical approval, with strong colors being used as exception and complementary on small surfaces.

Exceptions to this regulation are buildings classified as seismic risk class I, for which owners have to carry out rehabilitation works to reduce seismic risk, and buildings that have been thermally rehabilitated or undergoing thermal rehabilitation. According to the regulation, the owners will pay themselves for the investment but if in impossibility, they will be able to receive help from the town hall, if they prove that they earn monthly average income per family member under average monthly earnings per economy.

In the case of historical monuments, the financing of the works is 50 percent from the local budget and 50 percent from the owners/owners’ association.

Finally, if the owners of buildings won’r respect the Town Hall notification, can receive a fine ranging from RON 5,000 to RON 8,000, and if they do not organize the reception at the end of the works they will receive a fine between RON 2,000 and RON 5,000.

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