H.H. Sheikh Hamdan issues directives to simplify Dubai Municipality services

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Dubai's Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued a resolution aimed at simplifying Dubai Municipality's services.

It will help reduce the procedural requirements and processing time while the fees for certain transactions will be waived.

The changes mainly apply to municipal services related to the construction and agricultural sectors.

They are part of efforts to enhance Dubai’s status as a global business hub.

The new Resolution annuls some clauses of current resolutions including Clause No. (6) of Local Order No. (40) of 1989 on Conditions for Imported and Locally Produced Organic Fertilizer; and Clause No. (5) of Local Order No. (54) of 1990 on Regulation and Licensing of Companies Operating in the Agricultural Sector in Dubai.

Articles No. (1), (4), (5) and (6) of Clause No. (3); Articles No. (1), (2), (3), (5), (6), and (7) of Clause No. (6); Article No. (5) of Clause No. (7); and Clause No. (9) of Local Order No. (59) of 1991 on General Conditions to be Fulfilled by Chemical Fertilizer Warehouses and Organic Fertilizer Plants in Dubai, have been annulled.

Other annulled clauses include Clauses No. (6), (18), (20), (24) and (25) of Local Order No. (89) of 1994 regulating the engineering consultancy practice in Dubai and its amendments; and Clause No. (92) of Local Order No. (11) of 2003 on public health and safety in Dubai, and its amendments.

According to the Resolution, fees and deposits related to permits, licences, certificates and transactions highlighted in Clause No. (2) and deposits highlighted in Schedule No. (8) of Local Order No. (11) of 2003 on public health and safety of the society in Dubai, and its amendments are waived.

Also, fees imposed on some transactions highlighted in Local Order No. (3) of 1999 regulating construction works in Dubai and its amendments have been waived.

Fees listed in Article No. (7) of Schedule No. (6) on changing the roof of an existing building; Article No. (7) of Schedule No. (8) pertaining to the request for obtaining a decoration works permit before the issuance of the completion certificate; and Article No. (9) of Schedule No. (8) related to affixing a true copy stamp on additional copies of plans have also been waived.

With regard to the amended articles of Local Order No. (40) of 1989 on Conditions Required for Imported and Locally Produced Organic Fertilizer, the Director General of Dubai Municipality is authorised to issue regulations and technical requirements for imported and locally produced organic fertilizer.

Clauses No. (9) and (10) of Local Order No. (54) of 1990 on Regulation and Licensing of Companies Operating the Agricultural Sector in Dubai, were amended. Amended Clause No. (10) grants judicial authority to some employees of Dubai Municipality to conduct inspections on agricultural activities and impose fines, further to a decision issued by the Director General.

The amendment in Clause No. (5) of Local Order No. (78) of 1993 grants the Director General of Dubai Municipality the authority to revise the prices of the Municipality’s trees and plants affected by traffic accidents and service works and in response to the changing costs of labour, machinery and equipment.

Clauses No. (4), (8), and (9) of Local Order No. (3) of 1999 Regulating Construction Works in Dubai have been amended.

Amendments in Clause No. (4) prohibits any ordinary person from undertaking construction activity without a license from the Municipality.

Amendments in Clause (8) specifies the validity of the construction licence and its types, while amendments in Clause (9) grants Dubai Municipality the authority to cancel the construction permit due to newly planned construction, revised regulations and decisions made in the public interest or in case the permit was issued based on false information or documents.

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