RACHIK PETROSYAN: THE GOVERNMENT APPROVED THE COMMON STANDARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICES
The timescale and the procedures of the services of the government authorities in the urban development sector will be strictly regulated, which will simplify construction
The Government of the Russian Federation approved amendments to the urban development law. The amendments are drafted by Russian Ministry of Construction to execute an integrated Road Map on competition development * in the part of construction.
The amendments form a common standard for rendering public services in construction. Such standards will have an absolute priority over administrative regulations approved by the authorities. They will determine the structure, procedure, conditions and results of services, particularly, specified in the exhaustive lists. The first standards will be implemented in construction.
Deputy Head of FAS Department for Control over Construction and Natural Resources, David Akopyan, explained that the draft law was devised with involvement of the antimonopoly authority and approved by FAS in November 2018.
According to the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation, in 2017 and 2018 around 12,000 unlawful regulatory acts of local self-government bodies were appealed, in 2016 – 6,700 acts. Typical violations in municipal regulations include: request of documents that are not required by law, unlawful grounds for refusals to accept statements, increasing the timescale for providing services in breach of the federal norms.
Head of FAS Department for Control over Construction and Natural Resources, Oleg Korneev believes that the reason for such statistics is inconsistent and fragmented, excessive and controversial norms of the current law as well as obsolete service rendering. The draft law creates conditions for transferring all public and municipal services in the electronic environment on the basis of common formats and forms of submitted documents.
Deputy Head of FAS Rachik Petrosyan emphasized: “The amendments will liquidate inconsistency of the service-providing practices, particularly, in construction across all over Russia, eliminate market barriers that hamper developers’ work and accelerate issuing permits **”.
* No.1697-r Order of 16 August 2018 approved 2018–2020 Plan for developing competition in education, construction, road construction, telecommunications, information technologies, the housing-and-utilities sector, gas supply, the electric power industry, transport services, manufacturing, oil petrochemicals and natural resources, the agro-industrial complex and fishery, the market of social services, financial.
** The draft law shortens the time period for issuing construction permits from 7 to 5 working days and the time period for issuing urban-development plans for land plots from 20 to 14 working days from 1 January 2020.