Building Inspection (Feb 2007)
On 29th December 2006, the Department of Public Works and Town Planning issued a building inspection schedule which meant that more than 20,000 buildings in Thailand, and a number of those must have been in Pattaya, were due to be inspected before the year end (2007).
Also by March 2008 all of these buildings were to have licenses to prove that they had been inspected for safety. This was welcomed by everyone especially residents and visitors.
Mr. Thirawat Kulavanija, director of the Department of Public Works and Town Planning, said ‘do not take this order lightly as owners who take no notice of this regulation will be fined Bht. 50,000.- and an additional Bht. 10,000.- per day which will be troublesome to some if not all and those in violation will meet with obstacles when applying for building insurance of any kind.
The following category of buildings must be inspected :
1. High rise buildings over 23 m.
2. Buildings with more than 10,000 sq. m. of usable space.
3. Buildings with more than 1,000 sq. m of common space used by more than 500 people.
5. Entertainment complexes with more than 200 sq. m.
6. Hotels with more than 80 rooms.
7. Residential buildings (condominiums, apartments, dormitories) larger than 2,000 sq. m.
8. Factories over one-storey or larger than 5,000 sq. m.
9. Commercial billboards higher than 15 m., larger than 50 sq. m. or standing at top of buildings with board space over 25 sq. m.
By these regulations the buildings’ structural endurance, fire safety equipment, electrical and alarm systems, air-conditioners, ventilation systems, lifts, stairs, walkways, ladders, waste water treatment, all machines, equipments and instruments used in fire detection and fire fighting must have a major inspection every 5 years besides the annual inspection.
The building inspection covers all standards of engineering comprising of regulations, moral ethics and professional etiquette. The inspector may be a Thai architect or an engineer who has attended the special programme held by the Congress of Engineering (COE) and having passed the exam. The inspector must then be registered and guaranteed by the Department of Public Works and Town Planning before being permitted to take on the task.
Published in Pattaya.com Magazine Issue Feb 2007