The new amendment also allows DMT to offer settlements and discounts of up to 25% of the value of the fine to violators, provided the fine is paid within 60 days of the settlement offer. Violators can also file complaints about violations with relevant municipal governments, which aims to protect rights.
“The amended General Appearance Act provides clear instructions to DMT to implement the stipulations set to protect the appearance of the emirate, and to monitor and control irregularities. It represents a crucial step which directly contributes to the lives of Abu Dhabi residents and enhances their ability to realize their aspirations in all aspects of life.It will build on Abu Dhabi’s decades of success in developing sustainable cities and infrastructure. vision and continued support from the leadership, we will be able to improve the quality of life for all residents of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi,” said Falah Al Ahbabi, Chairman of DMT.
Law No. 2 of 2012 prohibits any activity that may have a negative impact on the appearance, cultural, architectural or aesthetic characteristics of public spaces in the emirate, such as green spaces, walkways, buildings, markets and public roads. It also aims to eliminate noise or disturbance, including all behavior that interferes with the freedoms and access of others.
It is usually invoked in cases where residents and visitors cause damage to public property and assets, such as drawing unlicensed graffiti on public facades or abandoning vehicles in public parking lots.
Modifying the functional conditions for the application of Law No. 2 of 2012, the amendment converts the legal fines that could be imposed under it into administrative fines. Administrative fines are generally quicker to impose.
DMT will also have the ability to determine the amount of the fine based on the seriousness of the offense and will now be able to charge the offender for maintenance and construction costs.
DMT said the amended law will improve welfare in residential areas of the emirate and strengthen enforcement mechanisms.