DNCS COLLECTED ALMOST BGN1MN FROM FINES FOR FIRST HALF OF 2003
The Directorate for National Construction Supervision (DNCS) imposed 3,373 fines worth a total of BGN860,048 for the first six months of 2003, its head Ivan Simidchiev announced. During its inspections DNCS established 4,246 illegal construction sites. Administrative deeds for 2,722 of them have already been issued, and the procedures are going on for the rest of them. DNCS has issued also 59 orders for removal of structures which are not in compliance with legal regulations. The owners of 36 of the sites, affected by that measure, are currently appelaing these decisions. Five structures have been volutarily destroyed in July. Employees of the DNCS have inspected many sites along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. The Golden Sands, Sunny Beach and Albena resorts were preferred by the inspectors of DNCS. They have also supervised a number of buildings of firms, operating in the sphere of wood-processing industry. Inspections of such sites are still going on. Disco clubs and gambling houses have also been inspected by DNCS, but the greatest number of violations have been found in catering establishments. The most frequent violation is the absence of an emergency fire exit, and hygienic conditions are unsatisfactory. For that reason the inspections should be carried out together with other controlling authorities, such as the Labour Inspectorates, the the Hygienic and Epidemiological Inspectorate, fire squads, etc.In the first half of 2003 DNCS issued 6,074 permissions for use of buildings and 161 licences for practising construction supervision. Another 1,509 permissions for use of buildings were issued in July. Among the them are: Overgas Inc. (which received a document for using its gas supply utility in the town of Parvomai), the company Medica (which got a permission for using the workshop for manufacture of medicines in Sandanski); Doverie Brico (which has been allowed to use the Mr Bricolage Trade Centre in the Lyulin housing complex in Sofia. The Amendments to the Act on Town and Country Planning, enforced as of July 25, 2003, stipulate a shorter term for issuing permissions for construction and for allowing the use of buildings. Establishments have been divided in six categories, which saves both time and money with regard to the legalization of buildings. The Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Petya Georgieva voiced her uneasiness regarding the implementation of the decentralization of control, projected in the law. The municipalities' cooperation is necessry for that. Under the amended regulations, municipalities have already been entitled to issue permissions for use of new buildings, and not only construction permissions as it was so far.