PROPERTY owners will be fined up to 100,000 yuan (US$15,152) if they are caught illegally changing the usage of their apartments or dividing the original apartments for separate rent, according to a draft of regulations the city's legislative affairs office has released to solicit public opinions.
The regulations on building safety also clarify that newly built and renovated residential buildings, government office buildings, hospital and school buildings, nursing homes for the elderly and children's palaces will not be allowed to use glass or stone curtain walls as exterior covering above the second floor.
In addition, densely populated commercial centers, transport hubs and culture and sports facilities, as well as buildings near entrances and exits, or adjacent to roads or public squares, need to build ceilings to prevent falling objects from hitting pedestrians.
The rules also set fines at between 5,000 and 10,000 yuan for individual violators and 50,000 to 100,000 yuan for companies that violate the rules.
Residents can check the details at http://www.fzb.sz.gov.cn/xxgk/qt/tzgg/201712/t20171220_10617648.htm and submit their opinions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before Jan. 22.
According to the city's housing and construction bureau, there is a large number of buildings put into use in Shenzhen. Statistics from the city's housing e-map information system also shows that as of the end of November 2017, Shenzhen had a total of about 599,500 buildings, with a total construction area of about 1.015 billion square meters.
However, the existing houses and buildings lack supervision and now face great challenges in structural safety and reliability due to low construction standards, poor maintenance and damage to supporting structures.
According to a spokesman from the city's housing and construction bureau, in terms of housing safety management, Shenzhen lags behind cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing and Hangzhou, which have already rolled out specific measures.