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New buildings in Hanoi must have underground parking lots

Cao Ban

HCMC – New construction projects in downtown Hanoi City must have underground parking space equivalent to the surface area, according to regulations of the city government.

The city has issued guidelines for determining the scale of underground parking lots of construction projects proposed by the municipal Department of Planning and Architecture. Criteria will apply to parking lots of projects in the city’s old quarter and expanded inner-city area.

The old quarter, or the historic inner-city area as stated in the regulations, is bordered by Ring Road No. 2 and also cover Ba Dinh political center, while the expanded inner-city area includes the area between the second and fourth ring roads, satellite and ecological urban areas.

The area for the parking lot is regulated to be confined to the construction area or the total area of the land lot used for the project with a maximum of five basements.

Housing projects required to have basement parking lots include high-end tenements, and commercial, social or resettlement housing blocks.

Public and mixed-use facilities, offices, hotels, commercial centers, and buildings for urban services such as vocational education, culture, sport, entertainment, tourism, finance, banking, insurance and telecommunications are also within the scope of the new regulations.

Agencies of the Communist Party, the Government and ministries, administrative agencies at all levels and schools must have car parks in their basements to meet the demand for parking of vehicle owners working at these agencies.

However, as regulated by the Ministry of Construction, kindergartens, preschools, houses for old and disabled people, hospitals and dormitories of boarding schools are not allowed to have parking lots in the basements.

The regulations also encourage investors of projects to build basements to make room for parking bicycles and motorbikes.

Previously, the Department of Planning and Architecture had issued a regulation that a building must have at least three underground floors for car parking, but soon after, it was withdrawn due to strong opposition.

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