Government sets new acceptable standards for plot sizes before authorizing construction

By IGIHE
On 1 August 2019 at 04:39

The Ministerial order determining the standard size of a plot of land meant for the construction of buildings is among resolutions of the cabinet meeting held on Monday.

The order stipulates that the standard size of a plot of land for a residential house must be 300 square meters (m²) while the plot of land for construction of a 15-floor building should not go beyond one hectare.

Under the new order, a plot of land for the construction of a nursery school must not exceed 700 m²; 1.5 hectare has been designated for a primary school, 2.5 hectares for secondary school, 2.8 hectares for a complex school combining nursery, primary and secondary schools, 5 hectares for vocational training schools while the plot of land designated for the university buildings must not exceed 6 hectares.

Among others, the plot of land for 500 m² is designated for the premises of a health post, 1 hectare for a health center while private and public hospitals must not go beyond 5 hectares.

Churches premises are limited to 5000 m² while the plot of land for construction of commercial buildings will depend on cities master plan and other laws granting land sharing.

Exception for major investors

The Minister for Infrastructure, Claver Gatete said an exception was set for large investors coming to settle in the country with great activities promising to spur national development.

Investors will be allowed a larger size of land depending on the value of their investment in the country.

“We need magnates especially coming in to support us. For instance, Howard Buffet developed buildings on over 1200 hectares in Nasho […] set up livestock and crop growing zone, equipped Rwandans with outstanding skills and build roads. Such a person needs a large plot of land to settle in,” said Minister Gatete.

An investor bringing in activities with the value between Rwf 500 and 800 million will be allowed to build on a half-hectare land in rural areas under the new ministerial order.

When the investment ranges between Rwf 800 million and Rwf 1 billion, he/she will be allowed to build on a hectare and 1.5 hectare when the investment is over Rwf 1 billion in rural areas.

An entrepreneur with investment worth between Rwf 1 and 1.2 billion will be accorded a half hectare to set up in town.

The investment between Rwf 1.2 and 1.5 billion will be accorded to build on a hectare while an investor whose activities are valued at over Rwf 1.5 billion will be given 1.5 hectares in town.

Minister Gatete said that giving opportunities such investors are meant to encourage more to bring their activities contributing to national development and valuing their investment.

He reiterated that it is a better way of enhancing the effective management of land and exploitation.

Gatete revealed that setting the standard size of the land will also help settlement policy where they can build multi-floored buildings accommodating a large number of people than raising scattered stand-alone buildings.

The new ministerial order is based on a similar order released in 2016 concerning urban planning.

Gatete revealed that setting the standard size of the land will also help settlement policy where they can build multi-floored buildings

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