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Forced requiem to unauthorised construction works

2015-01-23

When the builders of unauthorised construction works fail to implement court judgements to demolish these structures, the State Territorial Planning and Construction Inspectorate under the Ministry of Environment (STPCI) has to organise the forced demolition of such construction works.

Last year, the largest number of such buildings was demolished in three gardeners’ partnerships in Vilnius. They included a garden house in Birelių Sodų 1 Street, an annex to the farm building in the Beržas-3 partnership, the foundations of a house and a load-bearing wall in the Sodininkas partnership. In the capital, two wooden carcass buildings, an annex and a summerhouse, which were built arbitrarily in the state-owned land plot in Dariaus ir Girėno Street, were forcedly demolished.

After the court has cancelled two construction permits, which were illegally issued by the Administration of Zarasai District Municipality, the unauthorised construction of a residential dwelling and a farm building in Salakas neighbourhood, Zarasai district, were terminated and the buildings were demolished.

Expenses related to forced demolition, which may amount to several tens of thousands euro, must be covered by builders of unauthorised construction works. Last year the demolition of an arbitrary masonry construction works joined with the building in Kęstutis square, Ukmergė, was the most expensive – it amounted to LTL 96,000 (EUR 27,680). In 2014, the forced demolition of all unauthorised construction works cost LTL 234,700 (EUR 67,970). These funds used from the Environmental Protection Support Programme will be recovered from builders of unauthorised structures.

According to Laura Nalivaikienė, Head of the STPCI, not all the construction works scheduled for forced demolition were demolished last year because some cases contained different procedural obstacles to the enforcement of court judgements. Five illegal structures were demolished by the builders themselves.

This year the foundations of a dwelling and a sauna, the construction of which was commenced on the basis of the illegally issued documents permitting construction, situated in Linkmenos neighbourhood, Ignalina district, have been already forcedly demolished. The plans are to demolish yet another four unauthorised construction works in Vilnius county and Molėtai district by March.

As Laura Nalivaikienė said, it is a long and complicated process from the detection of unauthorised construction to demolition of illegal buildings. There are objective reasons that hinder the enforcement of court judgements. Court proceedings are particularly time-consuming, as court judgements are most often appealed against to courts of higher instance. A lot depends on the activeness of bailiffs as well.

Public Information Division
23 January 2015

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas