Consultancy firms in Qatar 'flouting rules'
15 May 2017 - 2:05
By Sidi Mohamed / The Peninsula
Among the prominent violations committed by consultancy firms were the non-compliance of specifications to accredited plans, addition of works without taking permit, non- supervision of works and also not giving notifications to authorities concerned about building completion, according to an official.
This was revealed yesterday during a meeting discussing building permit requirements and building completion certificates.
The meeting was organised by Al Daayen Municipality in collaboration with Technical Affairs Department with consultancy firms.
As many as 56 consultancy offices participated in the meeting to know about the most prominent developments in the field of engineering office affairs.
It also provided an opportunity to consultancy firms to provide suggestions and to raise their complaints in this regard.
The meeting was attended by Mubarak Matar Al Kuwari, Al Daayen Municipality Director, Saad Al Muraikhi, Technical Affairs Department Director and Nasser Al Mohannadi, Building Permits Section Head.
“In case the consultancy firms want to make amendments on the permits, they must apply online and wait for the result to pay the fee”, said Al Kuwari.
Commenting on this, Engineer Ibraheem, Al Rayan for Engineering Consultancy said: “The procedures of issuing building permits or amendments had become easier as compared to the past. Now only one authority is responsible which is the Ministry of Municipality and Environment. Before we had to go to Ashghal and Housing Department as well.”
“The issuance of a permit in the past usually took 25 days and everything was done manually. But, now it takes only 7 to 10 days, and everything is completed electronically,” he added.
About violations committed by consultancy firms, he said: “I don’t know anyone violating the Ministry rules. Even if the owner asks amendments, we cannot do it without approval from the Ministry because no one wants to be fined.”
He also added that the rules and regulations should be unified at all municipalities. "Now every municipality has different sets of rules and regulations related to building which may match at sometimes and may vary from one another from municipality to municipality."