Coronavirus measures

The City of Brussels has taken several decisions in order to best respect the measures of the federal government in the fight against the coronavirus (Covid-19). More info: coronavirus measures by the City of Brussels.


Violations, safety and health

The Control Unit deals with complaints about and checking violations of the town planning and environmental law, as well as the handling of complaints related to unhealthy housing and safety problems that arise in premises open to the public throughout Brussels.

Coronavirus measures (suspension of periods): in application of several power of attorney decisions adopted by the Government of the Brussels Capital Region during the lockdown, the expiry periods, appeal periods and all periods of which the expiry has a legal effect as laid down in the regulations were suspended from 16 March 2020 and until 15 June 2020.

The acts and decisions adopted during this suspension period are fully legally valid.

Pursuant to the new power of attorney decision No. 2020/038 (PDF, 312.53 KB) adopted by the Government of the Brussels Capital Region on 10 June 2020, some terms of the Brussels Town Planning Code and the Ordinance of 5 June 1997 on environmental permits have also been extended, depending on the date of the submission of the application, the type of application or the stage of the procedure.

The Control Unit mainly acts on the basis of complaints made by citizens, but also acts on the basis of observations made by officials. After examining the file and finding of a violation, the offender is asked to comment through a notice to resolve the situation. If no action is taken, the officials may draw up a report of the offense for the purpose of criminal prosecution or an administrative fine ranging from 250 to 100,000 euros. More info:

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Public safety

The engineers of the City of Brussels are responsible for ensuring the safety of citizens in public places and managing the risks to which public places are or may be subject (risk of falling parts of buildings, falling trees,...). When a problem is reported (complaint from a citizen, police and fire department report or after detection by officials), an inspector goes on site to analyze the situation. Depending on the gravity of the situation, he will take the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of local residents and passers-by.

These engineers are also responsible for checking security certificates from hotels, nursing homes, hospitals and for the periodic checks of party and show rooms.

Public health

An official of the City of Brussels is also responsible for the management of problems associated with unhealthy homes and other health problems. Inspections are carried out to secure the application of the laws concerning hygiene of premises, as well as the specific rules included in the plans of a building permit.

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