New rules bring added safety

Azlan Othman

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to the addition of new rules to the Building Control (Composition of Offences) Regulations, 2020 under the Building Control Order, 2014, said the Ministry of Development (MoD).

Since November 1, 2015, the Authority for Building Control and Construction Industry (ABCi) under the MoD has been the authority responsible for implementing the provisions of the Building Control Order and its regulations.

The law ensures construction safety, as well as the safety and health of people, through the control of development progress in Brunei Darussalam. To ensure more efficient compliance and enforcement, the Building Control Order, 2014 empowered ABCi to impose a compound to qualified persons (ie architects or professional engineers), construction companies or land and house developers, including landowners, if found committing offences listed under the Building Control (Composition of Offences) Regulations, 2020.

These compound rules also authorise ABCi to impose compound on offences under Building Control (Advertisement, Billboard and Signboard) Regulations 2016, if parties such as advertising companies, any person or company that promotes advertising are not obtaining prior permission from ABCi before installing the structure and displaying advertisements, billboards in Brunei Darussalam.

This includes business signboards, billboards and advertising banners, sales promotions and any banners of entertainment events, and signs indicating directions that are sometimes left vacant and in a poor view in public, and can endanger motorists and the public.

The amount of compound that can be imposed for non-compliance with Building Control Order and Rules will not exceed BND5,000.

The MoD is confident the Building Control (Composition of Offences) Regulations, 2020 will further raise public awareness on the importance of complying with the construction and safety laws in the construction industry, and will prevent the public from placing structures that could be detrimental to public safety or property around developed areas.

The Building Control (Composition of Offences) Regulations, 2020 came into effect June 1, 2020. The list of compoundable offences and information can be obtained via www.abci.gov.bn.