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Denpasar, Bali Legislators Mull the Problems and Pitfalls of Setting Height and Other Building Code Restrictions

(4/15/2012) A special committee of the Denpasar House of Representatives (DPRD-Denpasar) reviewing building codes is having problems determining guidelines on structure heights and how to measure the actual height of existing structures.

By law the maximum building height in Bali is 15 meters.

According to Radar Bali, the DPRD-Denpasar special committee cannot come to an agreement on how exactly to calculate the true height of a building

One of the stumbling points is agreeing exactly what constitute ground level, the starting point in measuring the height of any structure. One legislator, AA Susruta Ngurah Putra, complained: “What’s troubling is when there are two roads adjacent to a building. In the front there’s a road and in the back there’s also a road. Meanwhile, the elevations of the road in front and the road in back are different."

He described the problem of determining hotel heights in Denpasar where, when viewed from the front, the hotel does not look to be too high, but when viewed from a rear perspective is quite high.

One hotel in Sanur recently countered claims that their structure violated the 15-meter maximum height restriction by using a nearby mound of earth to calculate ground-level-elevation and then declared the ground floor of the hotel as a basement.

The special committee of the DPRD-Denpasar is also reviewing rules governing abutting land and adjacent structures. Many complain that rules requiring formal permission be obtained from an abutting landowner is proving an impediment to owners wishing to develop a piece of land.