The Saudi Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing (MOMRA) has ordered that structures under construction on commercial streets be covered. The decision was made in conjunction with the publication of MOMRA’s new ‘Covering Buildings Under Construction’ guide.
The legislation, which aims to reduce visual distortion, will also raise awareness of construction standards and municipal obligations in metropolitan areas.
MOMRA believes that such regulations will raise safety standards, simplify construction sites and licensing procedures, and improve the quality of urban vistas while encouraging sustainable practices. The initiative’s broader goal is to protect employees, pedestrians, and nearby infrastructure from potential risks and debris caused by ongoing construction.
Contractors are to be penalized if buildings under construction are not covered under new rules
The announcement also specifies several implementation techniques based on the stage of development of a building. It allows existing buildings six months from the day the rules were approved to comply with the criteria.
MOMRA requires the affiliated engineering bureau to meet specific standards for structures that do not have the necessary building licenses. These requirements include the incorporation of building cover elements as well as the materials used for such covers during the architectural planning stage. There are also regulations to guarantee that the covering is correctly carried out and maintained on a regular basis and that any noncompliance by contractors is notified to the appropriate authorities.
The announcement specifies several implementation techniques based on the stage of development of a building
Contractors will be required to install these covers beginning in July 2024. Noncompliance will result in fines, reaffirming MOMRA’s commitment to upholding these standards.