Throughout Slovakia we can see prime examples of illegal constructions that were built without a building permit or other clearance. This state of affairs was mostly due to the fact that the law in this area was too weak, imposing just fines and on rare occasions ordering the removal of the structure.
Now the government wants to change this by amending the Building Act and respective penal codes so as to class illegal construction activities as a crime, with possible jail sentences. The news was announced yesterday by Prime Minister Iveta Radicova.
The government hopes to see the change enter force by July already, says interior minister Daniel Lipsic, who also mentioned the possible establishment of a special police unit, a kind of Construction police.