The Cambodian Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC) is strictly enforcing the Law on Construction, calling for all small construction contractors in the country to apply for business registration for construction practices and other companies to do so as well.
“Small groups of construction workers who build only one or two houses, are also required to apply for a permit for construction practice as a group of construction workers, not as a construction company. The MLMUPC shall issue a certificate for construction practice to the applicant,” H.E. Seng Lot stated at a press conference on “Progress and Continuing the Direction of the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction' at the Office of the Council of Ministers on 16 March 2020.
“The Ministry will not authorize any building contractors without a permit to continue a construction business in order to avoid eventual accidents in the future. If they do not have a permit, the ministry cannot identify whether they are licensed, construction professionals. Likewise, the tenants will also have no basis to decide whether the group can be hired or not,” Lot continued.
The Law on Construction was promulgated by the King on 2 November 2019. The law, which contains 22 chapters and 111 articles, was enacted to ensure the general quality and order of public construction throughout Cambodia. The law also resulted in a temporary moratorium on the construction of the Golden Tower 42 on 20 November 2019, and ordered its developer to fulfill required safety conditions before construction could resume.
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