Ulyanovsk region to increase penalties for violation of public services and amenities rules

The Agency of Architecture, Urban and Landscape Design drew up a draft Act called "About Introduction of Amendments to the Code of the Ulyanovsk Region on Administrative Offences". It was designed to increase penalties for people who do not perform improvement of their facilities in accordance with the requirements of municipal rules for public services and amenities.

 As the Deputy Prime Minister Svetlana Kolesova emphasized, urban improvement is the focus of the priority project "Creating a Comfortable Urban Environment" and one of the main strategic projects of the region in the housing and utilities sector. “We noticed violation of public services and amenities rules in municipalities every year, as well as no desire to clean streets and yards; there are also cases of carelessness when carrying out reconstruction of facilities after repair of engineering infrastructure, illegal cutting of trees. The number of complete reports is increasing. However, current penalties are so insignificant that for citizens, officials and legal entities it is easier to pay them than to fulfill the requirement”, - the Deputy Chairman explained.

The bill assumes that penalties will be increased by almost twice. It is expected that it will be accepted on 1 November 2017.

Now updating of the urban improvement legislation is also carried out at the federal level. The Director of the Urban Environment Department of the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation Oksana Demchenko said that they have designed proposals to amend the existing legal acts. “First, the City Planning Code will define the meaning of "improvement" and "adjacent territory" because there were many issues in this regard due to vague terms. Secondly, it was not clear what urban improvement rules should include. In the bill, we have expanded the set of activities that municipalities will be able to include in the list of improvement rules for their regions. We also give them the right to expand this list according to their historical, environmental or cultural features”, - she noted.