Government will be introducing a new law to govern architects and engineers practising in the British Virgin Islands.
Governor Augustus Jaspert said the law should be brought before the House of Assembly sometime this year.
“As we build stronger and smarter, now more than ever, an active construction industry is important to us. That is why our Government will seek to introduce the Architects and Engineers Registration Bill to ensure that all practicing architects and professional engineers provide services to private and public sectors at an acceptable industry standard, which in turn would ensure the optimum health and safety of building occupants,” Governor Jaspert said while delivering the Speech from the Throne recently.
He also said physical planning regulations will be introduced to “enhance and strengthen the enforcement and effectiveness of the Physical Planning Act, 2004.”
He said regulations are being introduced to align local design and building practices with international standards.
The Architects and Engineers Registration Bill is being introduced to complement a revised building code for the territory.
Fresh building laws and regulations are also being implemented in light of last year’s hurricanes, which damaged roughly 80 percent of local homes and business structures.
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