The Municipal Services, Planning and Urban Development Sector in the Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing has put forward a manual for fencing space lands, which comes in line with the ministry’s strategy in dealing with the file of visual distortion, which is based on a series of pillars that aim to enhance the visual appeal of cities, the most prominent of which is setting controls for urban design And the imposition of a set of rules and regulations to activate these controls, in addition to working to modify the culture and behavior of citizens and operational businesses in line with the improvement of the general civilized scene.
According to the guide, the vacant land located on the roads and streets is one of the most important elements that must be controlled and unified with the surrounding buildings in a civilized manner in order to improve the quality of the urban landscape, and achieve the objectives of the ministry in improving the visual landscape in Saudi cities. Accordingly, the ministry prepared the guide with the aim of improving the urban landscape on the roads. And the streets of cities and the main axes of movement.
The guide included spatial organization requirements, which include site requirements, including the fence being erected on the property borders of the vacant land, and the fence being implemented on all land borders and according to a unified design, and it is necessary for the land owner and the contractor to implement the fence to take into account the stopping of equipment during implementation so that it does not obstruct the movement of vehicles on the street path In any way, the land owner and the fence implementation contractor shall not obstruct the movement of vehicles on the surrounding streets.
requirements and periodic maintenance
The guide carried the technical and construction requirements, including the structural fencing that includes the technical requirements. The height of the fence must be 1.20 meters as a minimum, and the height of the fence does not exceed 2 meters. It is necessary to erect a gate for the fence that opens from the inside, horizontally and with a width of not less than 2.4 meters. It is permanently closed, and it is also forbidden to build annexes or any building inside the land space, and safety precautions must be adhered to during construction contained in the general Saudi building code, and it is forbidden to remove or cut any trees located on the sidewalks surrounding the site for the purpose of establishing the fence.
The owner of the land is committed to the periodic maintenance of the fence and the restoration of damaged parts, and it is forbidden to place any advertising materials on the fence without referring to the competent authority in the Municipality or Municipality.
It is necessary to remove the waste inside the land targeted for fencing before starting the fencing, and remove building violations after the implementation of the fences, while the fencing elements must be in harmony with the urban surroundings, taking into account the aesthetic aspects of the design of the fence.
According to the guide, the fence must provide protection from encroachments on the vacant land, and the fence must allow visual communication into the vacant land from all surrounding streets.
Another design proposal
The construction requirements included that the owner can implement the fence according to the models shown in this guide, and in the event that another design is proposed, the approval of the concerned trust under whose supervision the land is located must be obtained before issuing the fencing license.
Fencing elements must be made up of continuous parts, fixed and immovable, and the fence must not negatively affect road users.
The fence must allow the drainage of rainwater, and sustainability must be achieved through the materials used and the quality of implementation of the fencing elements.
The guide revealed fencing models, including fencing by afforestation, and it is necessary to choose sustainable tree species that have little water need, tolerate heat and drought, and have little need for maintenance.
And that the afforestation be within the borders of the property and on all sides overlooking the streets, and that the design be of an aesthetic nature that helps to improve the visual scene, with the use of traditional irrigation methods (water tanks) or modern technologies in the event that the owner is able to provide them in the land space.
The owner of the land is obligated to maintain the periodic maintenance of the irrigation network or to make an irrigation schedule in the event of using tanks, to carry out cutting and pruning of trees and to replace the dead ones.
Earth waste removal
It is necessary to remove the waste inside the land targeted for fencing before starting the fencing, and to remove the building violations after the implementation of the fences.
The fencing elements must allow the drainage of rain water, and the land owner is committed to the periodic maintenance of the fencing and the restoration of damaged parts.
The guide indicated how to issue a license through the Baladi platform by contracting with an engineering office classified with the Ministry to issue a cadastral report through the Baladi platform for the land to be issued a license to fence a vacant land on, and to authorize an engineering office to issue a license to fence a vacant land through the Baladi platform.
The guide carried the regulations and forms of the Royal Commissions and Development Commissions in the event that the land falls within the scope of the Commission’s supervision and coordination with the Secretariat in this regard.
The government agencies coordinate with the Municipality to fence the empty land belonging to it, and the fence of the empty land is removed in the event of an activity on the ground.
It is allowed to use the fenced space land to establish commercial activities that are permitted to be established after obtaining the statutory licenses for their establishment.
The lands endowed by the competent authorities are not required to be fenced until the barrier is removed, and the supervisory authority in the Municipality / Municipality inspects the pavement after the completion of the implementation works of the fence to ensure that there are no damages resulting from the construction of the fence.
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