Convenient administrative services and increased liability — the Parliament approved draft laws on urban planning reform

The parliamentarian adopted draft laws #5655 and #5656 in the first reading. Draft law #5655 is designed to create a new legislative framework for effective public administration in the urban planning sector. Through the separate draft law, deputies provided funding for the provision of relevant administrative services. BRDO experts participated in the drafting of documents.       

First of all, the draft laws provide for the total digitalization of administrative and other services in the urban planning sector. This will greatly simplify and speed up their provision. For example, the draft law expands the list of administrative services provided automatically using the Unified State Electronic System in Construction, without human involvement. Of course, if the necessary information is contained in national electronic information resources and the information provided by customers has been successfully verified. At the same time, it minimizes corruption risks, simplifying the relationship between service providers and recipients.

Additionally, draft law #5655 improves liability mechanisms in the context of attempts to circumvent urban planning laws and strengthens the control of executive bodies of village, settlement, and city councils over unauthorized construction.

“The draft laws on reforming the state construction and architectural control system voted in the first reading with the support of the constitutional majority of parliamentarians are our own Rubicon and, at the same time, the final verdict for corruption “schemes” in urban planning,” Taisiia Baryngolts, Construction Sector Head at the Better Regulation Delivery Office, said.

According to her, digitalization, personal responsibility, independence from outside influence on decision-making, transparency are just a small list of new developments.

With the help of draft laws #5655 and #5656, we are completely changing the construction industry, making it more attractive for investment and focused on the development of communities and cities. The first reading is the first battle, for which we have long been preparing. We thank everyone: the parliament, the Ministry of Regional Development, experts, and lawyers who are involved in this victory,” Taisiia Baryngolts summed up.

The next step will be to amend the Criminal Code of Ukraine and the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offenses to strengthen personal liability for offenses in the urban planning sector.

Overall, it is projected that the new laws will significantly “boost” the entire industry by establishing transparent rules of the game for all market participants and improving the investment climate, including Ukraine’s positions in the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking.