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Cabinet has given instructions to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel for the drafting of legislation to establish a national building control framework for the country.
Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, speaking at a recent post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, explained that the framework includes a new building code and a National Building Act.
He said that as a result, the Kingston and St. Andrew Building Act (1883) and Parish Councils Building Act (1908), which provide the rules governing buildings in Jamaica, will be repealed.
According to Minister Vaz, the move is necessary, as “there has been no comprehensive revision to the existing building Acts and subsidiary legislation in recent times and this has resulted in a legislative framework, which is largely irrelevant to current needs.”
“Additionally, the building codes currently in use are not enforceable as they do not have legal authority and the codes contained in the existing legislation are far too out of date to be applied in modern building construction,” he added.
Mr. Vaz also stated that Cabinet took note of the significant contribution towards the preparation of the national building code by the Jamaica Institute of Engineers and other professional bodies including the Jamaica Institute of Architects, the Jamaica Institute of Planners and the Incorporated Master Builders Association of Jamaica.