Construction Law Task Force
10 recommendations for better Construction Law
Since 1976, the Construction Law has been only subject of many amendments without major structural changes. Slovakia is ranked 146th place in the World Bank's Doing Business ranking, which is mainly the result of disproportionately long construction proceedings - the average time needed to obtain the building permit in Slovakia is up to 300 days.
The employers consider the current failing system of spatial planning and getting building permits to be one of the main obstacles to the development of the business environment and raising the living standards of the population in Slovakia. We consider the length of proceedings, insufficient expertise, and inconsistency of decision-making process by many building authorities, duplication of proceedings and insufficient digitization to be the biggest negatives that we encounter in practice in the application of current building legislation. This results in significant unpredictability and cumbersome construction procedures, which tend to be disproportionately long, do not reflect the needs of the market, and do not meet the standards of developed countries.
Therefore, 12 employers' organizations and associations that are actively interested in the process of changing the Construction Law, named the biggest problems of the current legislation and supplemented with their solutions, which should be considered when adopting the new law and are defined in the document called "Ten commandments for good and effective Construction Law":
Tatiana ProkopovaManaging Partner
Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o.