YCDC drafts new rules for building permits

Yangon City Development Committee has finished amending its building permit regulations, its secretary said yesterday, after completing a divisive review of high-rise projects across the city that saw rule-breaking developers told to amend their designs. The new regulations have already been shared with industry association and will be made public once they have been approved by the Yangon […]

Official defends Yangon high-rise review as more results due

A member of the Yangon high-rise inspection committee charged with a city-wide review of high-rise projects has defended the controversial inspections, saying they are a “one off”, as developers brace for the second batch of results to be released tomorrow. Following a two-month blanket suspension on construction at all projects with nine floors or more, the committee released […]

High-rise suspension drags on

Developers desperate to restart suspended high-rise projects in Yangon remain in limbo as a government review drags on. Members of the Yangon Region government committee tasked withconducting a final inspection on 64 buildings say they are still awaiting reports on the first 12, and will not continue inspections until those reports are in. The construction industry […]

Urban laws stuck in draft stage

The country needs modernised urban planning laws to keep with a rapidly changing real estate market, as legacy laws are unsuited for the purpose, according to experts. Yangon in particular faces numerous challenges that were not anticipated when the current urban planning rules were put in place. A slate of new laws and rules have […]

Shwedagon and Yangon cannot be divided, says forum speaker

Shwedagon Pagoda is the historical and cultural centre of Yangon, and if its character should fade, the character of Yangon will also fade away, said Daw Hlaing Maw Oo, assistant director of the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development’s Urban and Regional Planning Division. If modern high-rise buildings are built close to the pagoda, […]

DHSHD considers giving Yangon land ‘to communities’

As Yangon develops under the 2040 city plan, authorities are considering options to help ensure illegal residents are not forced out of their communities, according to Daw Hlaing Maw Oo, assistant director of the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development (DHSHD). “We are considering many options for the relocation of squatters, with the help […]