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What objects can not be opened in residential apartment buildings

The State Agency for Architecture, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Kyrgyzstan has developed a list of permitted activities in non-residential premises of an apartment building. The document was submitted for public discussion.

The lack of uniform criteria for the location of objects, the uncertainty of the rights and obligations of owners of non-residential premises located in residential buildings, give rise to acute social tension and destabilize the real estate turnover. Conflicts often arise on this ground. The population gets used to shops, cafes and service centers within walking distance from the place of residence, but it is necessary to create a service taking into account the people’s just desire to live in silence and access to services, as well as the development of entrepreneurial activities.

The government proposes to permit opening of shops, cafes, hairdressers, shoe repair shops, watchmaker’s workshops, ateliers, bank branches, currency exchange offices, post offices in non-residential premises.

In addition, the activities of housing and maintenance organizations, citizens' self-government bodies, cultural institutions, public education, social security, health, physical culture and sports, police stations, prosecutor’s offices, courts and registry offices, advocates, notaries' offices, offices of entrepreneurs, insurance organizations, creative workshops of artists and sculptors are not prohibited.

However, the placement of objects that can lead to physical and chemical contamination of the territory and air of the residential environment is not allowed in non-residential premises, transformed in accordance with the established procedure from residential premises (former apartments) and reequipped basements and semi-basements.

They include:

  • public catering enterprises with the number of seats not stipulated by the project documentation in the construction of a house, and also working later than 11.00 pm (restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and bars, discos);
  • specialized fish, chemical products stores, as well as selling products containing explosive substances and materials;
  • dry -cleaners;
  • shoe repair shops with over 10 workplaces;
  • baths, saunas;
  • public WC;
  • ritual services offices;
  • industrial production.