A future on healthy foundations

The idea behind the Future on a healthy foundation project was to legalize illegally constructed buildings for a fee of one Euros per square meter for those of importance to the state and those intended for production, distribution and services (hard and polluting industries, light and non-polluting industry), as well as individual residential buildings with a maximum height of 10,2 meters. Illegally constructed parts of already existing buildings have also been covered by this project.

The legalization fee can be paid in 12 installments, and after the full legal regulation of the building, there will be a possibility of purchasing the land plot provided that the land is state-owned.

The Government decided to take this step after the public presentation of the draft law in various municipalities, whereby it was concluded that no less than 95 per cent of the illegally constructed buildings belong to socially vulnerable groups or welfare beneficiaries.  

In order to maximize the success of the project, the main aim was to simplify the beginning of the legalization procedure. Step one was a very simple to fill in request submitted to the competent municipality, with only the following three documents enclosed: certificate of nationality or a copy of the personal ID card, proof of connection to communal infrastructure (public utility bills), and a geodetic elaborate in order to establish the factual state of the illegally constructed building. In case an interested citizen was unable to provide one of these documents, it was possible to submit only the request, and to be given an additional period for completion of the file.

Over 342.000 legalization requests were submitted by September 3, 2011, the legal deadline for submission. This completed the first phase of the project for legalization of illegally constructed buildings which started in March, with the adoption of the Law on the treatment of illegally constructed buildings.

With this somewhat historic project the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia have been given the chance to invest in their future and the future of the generations to come, but also to contribute to better urban planning.