How to build in Romania: Zoning
Urban Regulations in Romania are applicable in all areas: urban, rural areas and even agricultural lands.
Urban Regulations are set by:
- The General Urban Regulations (Regulamentul General de Urbanism –RGU) (Government Decision No. 525/1996 – Hotararea de Guvern Nr. 525/1996). It is the base for all local urban regulations.
- Local (City) Urban Regulations (Regulament Local de Urbanism – RLU) are parts of the General Urban Plans that are approved for every cities, towns and villages. The RLU segregate the different types of zones in a locality such as: Low-density Residential, High-Density Residential, Commercial Zone, Industrial Zones, Green Zones, Central Zones, Mixed Zones, Historical Preservation Zones etc. RLUs are basically the Zoning Regulations in Romania
Typical Zoning, according to Local Urban Regulations:
- Admissible use of land (functionality), with and without conditions
- Interdiction of use
- Minimal Conditions for Constructable Plots of Land. Those conditions are different for different types of land occupancy and basically sets the minimal surface, width and forms for plots of lands.
- POT (The Ground Occupancy Percentage – Procent de Ocupare al Terenului) it sets the maximum percentage of the plot of land that can be build.
- CUT (Land Utilization Coefficient – Coeficientul de Utilizare a Terenului). It sets the ratio of the land surface that can be build.
- Building Heights sets limits both for cornices and maximum heights.
- Rules regarding the relationship between buildings on the same plot.
- Rules regarding the relationship between buildings on neighboring plots.
The RLUs have even more sets of rules, according the importance of each zone, and might include specifications of building materials, green spaces on the land, fences etc.
Urban Regulations (Zoning) Amendments
Even that RLUs apply for all plots of land, their prescriptions can be changed by one of the following:
- New Zone Regulations. They are approved by the Local Council following the approval of new Zone Urban Plans (Planuri Urbanistice Zonale – PUZ). The PUZs can be both public or private initiatives. They can change one of the following: Zone Functionality, Minimal Conditions for Constructable Plots, POTs, CUTs, Building Heights etc. The PUZs can be asked by the Local Urban Regulations itself. Special zones are set by this types of Urban Plans, such Historical Preservation Zones, new infrastructure projects. Most of the Public Works can’t be made without a preliminary PUZ (such as new streets, water and sewerage networks, public buildings etc)
- Detailed Regulations are set with Detailing Urban Plans (PUD- Planuri Urbanistice de Detaliu), approved by the local councils too. Even they can’t change the CUT, or the land use, they can correct the POT and the conditions for minimal constructable plots.
Zoning – Construction Development Scenarios
The Urban Regulations have great impact on the way a plot of land can be used and what kind of building can be developed on it.
The Preliminary Stage Consultancy is a service offered to our clients and is based on a study of Construction Development Scenarios. Its main scope is to reveal the opportunities and the possibilities that a potential plot of land can offer for future development.
- The composition of all urban indicators (as set by the RLU – Local Urban Regulations) and building codes on the specific plot of land
- The ground level surface, the total stories surfaces, the underground surfaces, usable areas, additional areas
- The Amendment Feasibility: It sets if the maximal use of the land is reasonable and recommendable.
- Volumes of the possible buildings
- Building Costs
The Preliminary Stage Consultancy is a tool for developers that allows them to have:
- Real Time Evaluations: 6-24 hours
- Realistic Construction Costs, including land costs, buildings costs, project costs, banking costs, utilities costs
- Preliminary Construction Timetables