YCDC Performs Final Check on 55 High-Rise Buildings

RANGOON — Rangoon’s high-rise review committee has performed the final check on 55 new buildings and is preparing to inspect a remaining 130 structures, U Than Htay, head of Yangon City Development Committee’s (YCDC) building department, told the Irrawaddy. Of the 55 buildings inspected from Sept. 8-9, 43 were approved and the developers of 12 […]

YCDC tells construction firms to change designs if they want permits approved

Nearly one third of Yangon’s high-rise building projects given in-principle construction permission under the previous government have been told to go back to the drawing board and make design changes despite already breaking ground on their developments, Yangon City Development Committee said last week. In May, YCDC put a halt to all high-rise construction as part of […]

Developers to challenge results of high-rise review

High-rise developers ordered to drastically change the designs of their projects are planning to challenge the government, on the basis that its review of Yangon developments was not transparent. A high-rise inspection committee was formed last month to review 64 unfinished projects across the city, to ensure they were in line with draft zoning plans. The committee […]

Developers face penalties amid construction ban

As a city-wide suspension on high-rise projects continues, developers in Yangon say they will have to pay penalty fees to buyers for failing to complete their projects on time and may be forced to default on their bank loans. Last month Yangon Region government ordered a construction freeze on all projects with nine floors or more, while […]

Workers paid in food as Yangon construction ban continues

Building professionals, including expatriates, are at risk of dismissal within weeks as major construction sites have been shuttered by a continuing review, developers say, while workers are being paid in food and related industries are starting to feel the pinch. The freeze on large-scale construction, ordered by the regional government, has forced a widespread shutdown throughout […]

Yangon’s battle against unlicensed contractors

With more and more unlicensed contractors cooperating with landlords to build illegally in Yangon, local administrators say they are struggling to find ways to stop the unregulated boom in low-quality apartments. Yangon City Development Committee has been fighting a losing battle against illegal construction for several years, while new contractors continue to open unlicensed businesses, said U […]

High-rise construction stopped for review

The new Yangon Region government is reviewing all high-rise building projects nine floors or higher to determine which will go ahead – even those already under construction. More than 200 high-rise building projects had received varying levels of approval under the previous administration, according to U Than Htay, head of YCDC’s building engineering department. Over […]

Yangon zoning plan expected this year

Yangon’s zoning plan will finally go from draft to law this year, YCDC officials said earlier this week. The city plan was first drawn up in 2013 by a working committee with recommendations from urban planners and representatives from YCDC, the Ministry of Construction, Yangon Heritage Trust, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Japan […]

Entrance fees bypass Bagan temples

Where does the money from Bagan entrance fees go? Well, now we know – and just 2 percent is being put toward preserving the ancient city’s monuments. This has prompted observers to call for more of the income from entrance fees, which totalled more than US$4 million last year, to go toward conservation. Following a […]

YCDC outlaws extensions to public housing

Residents at Yangon’s affordable housing projects will be punished if they attempt to enlarge their apartments by building extensions. Anyone found adding an annex to housing built by Yangon City Development Committee (YDCD) will be prosecuted, said U Than Htay, head of the Department of Engineering (Building). “We have noticed that many lean-tos have been […]