Abu Dhabi’s new law attempts to cut private housing construction costs

Construction Image Michael Gaida PixabayAiming to reduce construction costs for landowners, the department of urban planning and municipalities(DPM) issued new legislation regulating the construction of private villas in Abu Dhabi

The new legalisation regulations are aligned with the Abu Dhabi Government Accelerators Programme, Ghadan 21 (Tomorrow 21), to review the infrastructure policies and reduce building costs.

In response to feedback from landowners requesting for more flexible spatial requirements, the DPM has revised its building legislation to reduce the minimum size of bedrooms, kitchens, dining areas and majlis seating areas.

As part of the new law, landowners will no longer have to construct a hallway in their new home, and the maximum height for side fences has been lowered from six to four metres, all of which will reduce the cost of construction. It allows landowners to build extensions to their properties overlooking a street.

The new legislation was drafted following a series of workshops with specialised DPM teams, including engineers from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra municipalities, as well as other relevant authorities.

Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, executive director of the strategic affairs sector at the DPM, said, “The legislation will lower building costs for landowners, providing practical and modern solutions that can be easily applied, speeding up the delivery of housing projects and improving quality of life for residents.”

He added, “Compliance with the legislation will help stimulate business, investment, community development and enhance lifestyle, while increasing the emirate's competitiveness.”

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