City to Crack Down on Illegal Rooftop Structures

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City to Crack Down on Illegal Rooftop Structures

City to Crack Down on Illegal Rooftop Structures

In light of a recent fire in Nangang District involving rooftop add-ons, Taipei City Government announced that it will take action against similar types of illegal structures across the city.

Specifically citing structures subdivided into three units or more, the city government noted that dismantling will be required as long as the construction in question threatens public safety, regardless of how long these add-ons have existed.Director Kao Wen-ting of Taipei City Construction Management Office (CMO) pointed out that while the current guidelines on illegal construction removals place the priority upon add-ons undergoing construction and ones built after 2005, illegal add-ons that pose risks to public safety will be added to the list as well.According to CMO, there are a total of 501 similar-type structures in Taipei. The agency reported that among these, 275 cases have carried out improvements while 226 cases failed to implement necessary changes.CMO is currently working on plans to take down these illegal add-ons. In consideration of disadvantaged tenants and Chinese New Year customs, the agency has set the starting date of forced dismantling to March 20, 2015.Kao added that the city government will back the agency’s effort to tear down these illegal constructions, utilizing the Secondary Reserve Fund if necessary. It will also receive support from related agencies on issues related to disadvantaged individuals risking displacement and tenants’ rights.

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  • Updated: 2014-12-31 15:03
  • Reviewed: 2014-12-31 15:03
  • Source: Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government

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