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General construction law

What are the main sources of law that govern and regulate contracts for the design or carrying out of building works?



Construction issues in Ukraine are regulated by a number of laws, subordinate legislation (on state and local levels) as well as by different construction regulations which are not legally binding, but are widely used in practice.

At state level, the main sources of construction law are as follows:

  • The Civil Code of Ukraine No. 435-IV, dated 16 January 2003 and Commercial Code of Ukraine No. 436-IV, dated 16 January 2003
  • The Law of Ukraine ‘On the Regulation of Town Planning Activity’ No. 3038-VI, dated 17 February 2011
  • The Law of Ukraine ‘On Basics of Town Planning’ No. 2780-XII, dated 16 November 1992
  • The Law of Ukraine ‘On Architectural Activity’ No. 687-XIV, dated 20 May 1999, and
  • ‘General Conditions for Conclusion and Execution of Contractor's Agreements in Capital Construction’ approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 668, dated 1 August 2005

Following Ukraine's ratification of the EU Association Agreement, on 16 September 2014, current legislative initiatives in Ukraine are aimed at the further deregulation and simplification of the construction permit system in line with European legislation and practice.