Nairobi Dimples Governor Sakaja lifts suspension of building plans approval by Nairobi County, forms taskforce

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has lifted the suspension on the approval of architectural building plans that had been in place since April 29, 2024.

Governor Sakaja initially halted new approvals for building plans and excavations at construction sites during the recent period of heavy rainfall and flooding in the city.

Additionally, the Governor mandated an audit of construction sites and buildings approved over the past 24 months to ensure compliance. He also directed the formation of a multi-stakeholder team to conduct these building audits throughout the city.

Following this directive, the Nairobi City County Government (NCCG), through the acting County Secretary’s office, has reached out to various stakeholders, requesting the submission of names of professionals and representatives to join the task force.

The task force is scheduled to convene on June 12 to begin the city-wide audit exercise.

This task force has been given 60 days to complete its work and submit a report to the Governor’s office for implementation.

Furthermore, the ban on excavations for new construction sites has been lifted immediately. The suspension of approval requirements and the exemption of fee payments for flood-related repairs and renovations (walls and buildings) have also been lifted.

Governor Sakaja has reconstituted the Urban Technical Committee (UPTC), calling for new representation from stakeholders, including architects, urban planners, environmentalists, and engineers.

The UPTC is the committee responsible for deliberating and recommending the approval of building plans.