Legal Update: Mandatory Application of Saudi Arabia Building Code

The “Saudi Building Code National Committee” has announced that the application of the Saudi Building Code is mandatory starting from 1 July 2021 for family and residential buildings.

Previously, residential buildings that didn’t exceed three (3) floors were not required to comply with the Saudi Building Code, but from 1 July onwards, the Saudi Building Code shall be applicable to all residential buildings including the buildings that do not exceed three (3) floors and designated for occupation of one family or two. The purpose of applying the Saudi Building Code is to guarantee the safety, public health and sustainability in residential buildings and achieving efficiency and rationalizing energy and water consumption in residential buildings designated for family use.

Requirements of issuing building permits for residential buildings according to the Saudi Building Code

  • Appointing approved Engineering Design company;
  • Appointing approved Engineering Supervisor company;
  • Select a certified consultant; and
  • Procure the mandatory building insurance policy.

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