Jerome Olowo Stowell, the board architect, says the building committee will re-inspect the building after construction for issuance of an occupancy permit, adding that no building will be allowed to be occupied without an occupational permit.
Building Review Board-NBRB has tasked city authorities to institute committees
to oversee the construction of buildings in their areas.
During a sensitization
meeting for Masaka city officials and leaders, Milton Fred Ocen, a member from
the NBRB, said no new buildings will be allowed to be constructed within urban
centers without a building permit.
The building permit will be issued by the building committee after conducting a
technical assessment to ensure that all regulations ranging from the class of the
building to the capacity of the construction companies are followed by the
He says that the move is aimed at popularizing
and enforcing the Building Control Act 2013 after realizing increasing cases of
accidents at construction sites where building collapse and kill people because
of flouting the regulations.
Ocen says that the building committee that will comprise political leaders and
technical staff will be reviewing the applications from developers and assess them
before approving the construction by issuing building permits that will be
attached to the building plan.
He says the building
committee can revoke the permit if it realizes that the developer has deviated
from the approved plan and building regulations.
He has advised city council
authorities to identify and recruit a building control officer to provide technical
advice to the building committee.
Stowell, the board architect, says the building committee will re-inspect the
building after construction for issuance of an occupancy permit, adding that no
building will be allowed to be occupied without an occupational permit.
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He says the
board has realized that a big number of buildings are collapsing because of substandard
materials used and unqualified builders, which he says the new regulations will
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city mayor, Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo has welcomed the development, saying that it
will be good to involve political leaders who were left out under the old
“Previously it has been the work of the technical people to sit and determine,
which plan to approve and reject. Peoples’ representation has been missing on
the decision made but with the formulation of building committees even the
local people’s views will be heard since they will be represented by their
leaders on the committee.,” he said.
He, however, raised concern over the new system
of approving building plans, which involves going through various processes,
saying that it may delay the works.
Francis Ssebula Kyeyune, the Kabonera sub-County
LC III chairperson, one of the areas that were annexed to Masaka city, says political
leaders should take a lead role in sensitizing their masses about the new
He asked the
technical staff to give some time to people in new places that were annexed to
the city to adapt to the way how things are done in the city.