HCMC bans container houses

People’s Committee in Ho Chi Minh City urged the Department of Construction and local administrations in districts to handle the convertibility of container into houses, offices, coffee shops or warehouses.

Peple convert container into kitchen (Photo: SGGP)

Peple convert container into kitchen (Photo: SGGP)

The use of containers as a building material has grown in popularity over the past several years due to their inherent strength, wide availability, and relatively low expense.
Lately, many people in Ho Chi Minh City converted shipping containers into homes, cafeteria, warehouses.
As per the department of Construction, inspectors detected 165 construction from container in 13 districts. Of them 17 constructions had been permitted yet people changed their design later while 134 constructions were performed without permit in agricultural land.
Most illegal constructions are in Binh Chanh District, Binh Tan District and Thu Duc District.
Even, people filed their claim against the local government when they were fined and the construction had to stop because they did not think the use of container as coffee shops, houses or barber shops are not under the Department of Construction’s management.
City authority asked not to issue business license to those who illegally use containers.

By PHAN LE - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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