The Ministry of Works and Human Settlement is mandated to promote the infrastructures that are safe, functional and accessible; which in turn enhances the livability standards and cultural landscape through the preservation of Bhutanese Traditional Architecture.
The process to obtain building construction permit has also been streamlined and made simpler through the enactment of Bhutan Building Regulation 2018. The issuance of building construction permit up to three (3) floors has been decentralized to the Local Governments while some Dzongkhags still refer the applicants to the Ministry due to lack of technical competency.
However, some Dzongkhags have raised concerns on the infrastructural development works and construction activities that are carried out in isolation by the individual implementing agencies, which has resulted in uncontrolled urbanization and non-compliance to regulatory framework.
Therefore, all Government/Corporate agencies/ NGOs/ private individuals shall hereafter be required to apply for building/ construction permit through their respective Local Governments as prescribed in the Bhutan Building Regulation 2018 and Local Government Act of Bhutan 2014.
Issued for strict compliance.