Urban Development


On 28 November 2011 the President signed Federal Law No. 337-FZ amending the Town Planning Code of the Russian Federation and certain other legislative acts.

The amendments now add operation of buildings and facilities to the list of urban development activities. The amendments introduce: (i) requirements to the operation of buildings (facilities) and their proper technical condition, (ii) operational supervision. The amendments also specify liability of a building’s (facility’s) owner for harm caused due to the destruction of or damage to a building (facility), or breach of rules on safe operation of a building (facility). In particular, the amendments envisage instances where individuals are to be paid compensation in addition to the damages and its amount.

Further, the amendments establish minimum requirements to organizations that wish to obtain accreditation to conduct nonstate expert review of design documentation and the engineering survey results. Pursuant to the amendments, organizations that got accredited before 1 April 2012 are allowed to conduct expert review if they meet the requirements specified in the amendments.

The amendments on the operation of buildings and facilities will enter into force on 1January 2013, on non-state expert review – on 1 April 2012.

For further information please contact Igor Ostapets or Irina Dmitrieva in the Moscow office of White & Case, tel + 7 495 787 3000 .