Law on measures to reduce buildings seismic risk has been adopted.
Reducing buildings seismic risk is a complex action, of national interest, in the context of mitigating the effects of a potential disaster caused by earthquakes and is achieved by taking intervention measures in existing buildings that have insufficient levels of protection against seismic action, degradation or damage following seismic action.
Building owners, natural or legal persons, owners associations, respectively legal persons who have buildings under their management are obliged to ensure the monitoring of behaviour in operation of the buildings under their ownership or management, are obliged to ensure technical expertise by certified technical experts, are obliged to submit conclusions of the technical expertise report and classification of the building in a seismic risk class, respectively are obliged to approve intervention decision according to the conclusions of the expertise report.
In order to increase the level of seismic safety of national built heritage, National Programme for Consolidation of Buildings at High Seismic Risk, coordinated by Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration, is instituted.
Owners or administrators of buildings, as the case may be, are liable, according to the law, for material, penalty and civil liability for failure to carry out intervention measures. Steps for carrying out the rapid visual assessment are detailed in Rapid Visual Assessment Methodology, approved by order of Minister of Development, Public Works and Administration.