LCC to penalize defaulting property developers
By Staff Reporter
Lusaka City Council (LCC) will this week start penalising developers who have occupied uncertified buildings.
This follows the expiry of the three months grace period that was given to developers to regularise the structures.
LCC Public Relations Officer Lisa Ng’oma says that the grace period was allowed after the local authority discovered that many developers had occupied new buildings without obtaining occupation certificates from the Local Authority.
“A team of LCC officers is therefore on Wednesday this week expected to start conducting physical checks on buildings in Lusaka and slap penalties on developers found wanting. It is a requirement by law that before occupying a new building, the occupation certificate must be obtained to certify that the building is it for occupation,” Ng’oma said.
The Public Health Act Cap 295 of the Laws of Zambia, Section 14(1) states that “The applicant or his authorised agent shall give notice in writing to Local Authority when the building is completed, and no person shall occupy or suffer to be occupied any new building until such building has been certified by the Local Authority, and where available, by a Medical Officer of Health to be, in their opinion, in every respect fit for occupation, or, in the case of the domestic building or dwelling- house, fit for human habitation,” she explained.
And Ng’oma stated that section (2) of the same Act states that “The Local Authority shall cause an inspection of the building to be made within forty eight hours from the date of completion.
She said this law applies to all categories of buildings, that is, dwelling-houses, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings.
She disclosed that the Local Authority accorded an opportunity to people occupying uncertified buildings to regularise the illegality by applying and paying approved fees.
Ng’oma said that the approved fees are K1, 771.56 for industrial buildings, K1, 328.67 for commercial buildings, K885.78 for institutional buildings and K531.47 for high cost residential buildings.
Others are K664.62 for medium cost residential buildings and K544.20 for low cost residential buildings.