The Infrastructure Section undertakes the review and approval of all submissions related to Land Development, Roads, Utility networks (power, water, surface water drainage, sewerage, irrigation, telecommunication, gas, fire, and district cooling) and structural works such as: bridges, tunnels, culverts, pumping stations. The Section ensures that the design is in compliance with the minimum requirements stipulated in the “Urban Planning & MEP Services – Regulations & Technical Guidelines” and international codes of practice. To maintain sustainable development, the section ensures that sufficient services are provided with appropriate utilities and infrastructure to match with the overall approved master plan. In line with the overall mandate of facilitating development the section also authorizes a variety of operations before issuing Permit, but after the Concept Design has been approved. Operations such as site mobilization, soil investigation, soil improvement, excavation, and foundation works (piling) are examples of these activities.
The Infrastructure Section also handles Consultants’ Registration and entertains any related requests or enquiries. The Section issues Infrastructure Permits and drawings approval, as well as various NOCs (No Objection Certificates) to cover allowed activities prior to the issue of an Infrastructure Permit.
The Section’s staff has the expertise and experience needed in their work in its various facets. Such expertise covers highways, utilities, bridges and tunnels as well as geotechnical expertise necessary for an integrated review process. Professional Development is a key activity through which the staff upgrades their technical, communication and people’s skills.
SCOPE OF WORK
The Infrastructure Section handles the review and approval of final design and all aspects of Submittal including the structural one. It also handles the Revision Submittal for infrastructural changes, and Consultants’ Registration.
The NOCs for Infrastructure works cover mobilization, signboards, soil investigation, excavation, shoring, test piles and piling works where applicable, as well as soil improvement.
Members of the staff take responsibility for the delivery of the structural & Services part of the Accreditation Sessions for the Blue Code “Building Regulations and Design Guidelines” and Yellow Code “Urban Planning & MEP Services – Regulations & Technical Guidelines” which adds a vital communication channel with the engineering community and helps in improving submittal quality and their level of regulatory compliance. As per CED Circular, the Consultant and Contractor shall have their staff accredited to the areas relevant to their project activity (Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow Codes).
The Section was a contributor to the Yellow Code “Urban Planning & MEP Services – Regulations & Technical Guidelines”. The Section also developed and continually refines a set of guidelines, checklists and forms that help streamline processes within the Section and for its clients.
Currently the section is working on consolidating all guidelines and procedures into a new publication that will further enhance communication and cooperation with the engineering community.
The Section’s staff is always prepared to answer enquiries, be it by telephone, e-mail or by drop-in visitors. Enquiries can also be sent to the following general e-mail address: