Only 92 local self-governments in Ukraine (out of 838 cities of oblast significance and amalgamated hromadas) received architectural and building control powers. This is evidenced by the Monitoring of the Process of Decentralisation of Power and Local Self-Government Reform, prepared by MinRegion as of 10 April 2018.
This list includes the city of Kyiv and 20 cities of oblast significance: Lutsk, Mariupol, Ternopil, Kharkiv, Kherson, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Uzhgorod, Odesa, Dnipro, Sumy, Zhytomyr, Cherkasy, Severodonetsk, Vinnytsia, Chernihiv, Kropyvnitskyi, Mykolayiv and Rivne. The stance of such cities as Zaporizhzhya, Khmelnytskyi and Poltava is completely incomprehensible.
MinRegion is surprised that local self-government bodies are in no hurry to take architectural and building control into their sphere of authority.
"The functions of spatial planning of hromada development and architectural and building control over the compliance of this development with urban planning documentation and development strategies can be most effectively performed only at the level of local authorities of hromadas. Does the capital know better what to build, where to build, whom to involve, what quality of construction works and safety of a facility are on the territory of a particular hromada? Is it not the local government and the diligent public who should control the construction on their territory? Most people think so, but for some reason they are not in a hurry to take over such powers. It should not be so. The local authorities should take care of the culture and complexity of development of their hromada, of the interests of the population in this regard, and ultimately, of the interests of developers, as well as fulfill the powers it should logically perform under the law. On the other hand, there may be some regulatory or bureaucratic obstacles – they need to be voiced. I do not rule out that with the formation of capable hromadas, we have come to the legislative consolidation of the mandatory implementation of the functions of architectural and building control by large hromadas without unnecessary intermediate stages of the transfer," commented Vyacheslav Nehoda, First Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services.
Earlier, Vice Prime Minister Hennadii Zubko stated that due to decentralisation clear and transparent rules for both local self-government and construction industry participants are being formed in the system of state architectural and building control.
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