Access for everyone
- Author: Irina Onikienko
- Service: Commercial arbitration and out-of-court dispute resolution
- Date: 21.12.2015
Starting from January 1, 2016, Federal Law No.339-FZ dated November 28, 2015 “On introducing amendments to Articles 48 and 51 of the Town-Planning Code of the Russian Federation” (the “Law”) enters into effect. This Law is aimed at creating conditions for unrestricted access for handicapped people and other physically challenged social groups to social infrastructure facilities.
The Law stipulates that project documentation of capital construction facilities (apart from project documentation of linear facilities) must include a list of measures to provide access for handicapped people to health care, education, culture, leisure, sport and other facilities of sociocultural and public utility purposes, as well as to transport, trade, public food catering, business, administrative, financial, religious and housing facilities.
Furthermore, the Law stipulates that the said list of measures must be attached to the application for a building permit for such facilities if expert examination of the project documentation of the facilities has not been carried out pursuant to Article 49 of the Russian Town-Planning Code.
It is noteworthy that previously the body issuing building permits had no powers to request that the builder design and construct a facility in strict accordance with the rules on providing an accessible environment for handicapped people. Adoption of this Law provides for increase in accessibility of social and transport infrastructure facilities for handicapped people and other physically challenged social groups.
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