A new system established by municipal authorities now requires land boundaries to be fixed and approved before construction processes can begin on a plot, the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City announced in a statement.
The new system will ensure that the base map of Abu Dhabi city, which is also being developed by the municipality, will be updated as soon as a plot is handed over for construction, the statement added.
As part of the new regulations, provisional boundary lines for a plot must be identified and fixed before construction works are approved.
Soil testing will also be conducted and a temporary fence set up before the construction permit is issued, said Salah Awad Al Sarraj, acting executive director of town planning at the municipality.
To obtain the necessary approvals, construction companies need to submit an application for provisional demarcation lines, a recent copy of land ownership certificate, a passport copy of the owner, power of attorney from the owner to the consultant, documents showing agreements with the owner, and the fees due.
Following this, the concerned municipal division will check the site and its boundaries before issuing a building permit, or pointing out areas that need to still be addressed before construction can begin.
Surveys conducted by the municipality stated that 87 per cent of contractors and consultants in the capital approved of the new system, Al Sarraj added.