chapter  4
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Building codes

The legal concept of ‘damage’ (qv) is to a very large extent linked to these normative documents.

It is useful to divide normative documents according to the areas they mainly deal with:

• norms pertaining to zoning or physical planning: land use such as reservation of areas for distinct purposes, spaces to be left intact and the like;

• norms pertaining to town planning or urbanisation: distance between buildings, distribution of private and public areas, rate of services in different sectors, overall aesthetic aspects, permissible height above ground level, admissible depth of constructions; and

• technical regulations, pertaining to the building within its own site.