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New Deadlines Provided by Amendments to the Law on Planning and Construction

New Deadlines Provided by Amendments to the Law on Planning and Construction

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On 24 May 2021, the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted the amendments to the Law on Planning and Construction (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No. 52/2021), which entered into force on 25 May 2021.

The most significant change is the extension of the deadline for obtaining a use permit for facilities for which the construction permit has been issued, i.e. the decision on construction approval under the previous laws on the construction of facilities that were in force until 11 September 2009.

The new deadline for obtaining a use permit for mentioned facilities is 25 May 2025. Therefore, the deadline for issuing a use permit has been extended for 4 years.

In addition, the amendments to the law define a new deadline for the competent public authorities, i.e. local self-government units for adopting the new planning documents, that will replace the planning documents adopted before 1 January 1993. The competent public authorities, that did not adopt new planning documents, are obliged to do so within 24 months from the day the amendments to the law come into force.

The purpose that the legislator wants to achieve by adopting these amendments is to reduce the number of facilities for which a building permit has been issued, but a use permit hasn’t. Additionally, by obliging public authorities to adopt new planning documents, Legislator wants to create a platform for a greater urban and construction development of locations that are not regulated by the existing urban plan.

This text is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Should you require any additional information, feel free to contact us.

By Milos Gledovic, Partner, and Miroslav Ravic, Trainee, Samardzic, Oreski & Grbovic

Serbia Knowledge Partner

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