Reference Number: PR191459, Press Release Issue Date: Jul 02, 2019

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Property Market Chris Agius, yesterday, gave a more detailed explanation about the application of Article 25 with regard to the Building and Construction Reform.
The Minister said that from the very start, this law thought of those cases that have arrived at a construction stage with their circumstances permitting works to continue as before and said that Article 25 is among the regulations that specifically consider this.


He added that the Planning Authority has prepared forms to guide architects who wish to apply under this Article, which applications were divided into three categories. The first among these gives one the opportunity to apply for an exemption from submitting a new method statement and/or new condition reports and/or a new insurance policy and a new bank guarantee. The second among these allows one to apply for an exemption from appointing a site technical officer. These first two apply only in the case of construction and not in cases of demolition or excavation. The third category is related to works that need to be carried out urgently.


As of yesterday, these forms are available on the Planning Authority website and on eApps as of today.
Minister Borg explained that when we are speaking about the new law, it is very important not to forget that the other laws related to the sector still apply. Among these he mentioned the Civil Code and the OHSA Act which still binds contractors and masons with regard to site safety, while Architects have also retained the responsibilities they had before.


Parliamentary Secretary Agius also spoke about the importance of understanding different responsibilities and stressed the importance of reading and understanding the law well. He thanked the Authority’s employees for their hard work on these forms.