As from Wednesday, 10th July, all Maltese contractors will be required by the Building Regulation Office to apply for inclusion in an official directory, following which a license permitting them to continue working in the construction sector will be issued.
This was announced earlier today after a news conference held at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Capital Projects, in collaboration with the Maltese Developers Association and il-Kamra tal-Periti. This register will help ensure continued security and stability in this sector.
Minister Ian Borg illustrated how Maltese contractors must complete certain criteria in the register; such as personal details, type of work, whether their activity comprises of excavation, demolition, construction, number of heavy plant machinery owned and number of employees, among other requirements. The general public will be able to access and consult this register online.
To this end all Maltese contractors must complete the application within approximately six months; by end of year 2019. Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius stated that as soon as the application process is concluded, the register will serve as a classification of all licensed contractors. He went on to explain that the next step is to formulate an appropriate law, allowing only licensed contractors to continue to work and operate in the industry.
On its part, il-Kamra tal-Periti commended this initiative. Architect Simone Vella Lenicker stated that now, through consulting this registry, architects have the necessary assurance and peace of mind with regard to assigning work to contractors. Meanwhile, the Maltese Developers Association led by President Sandro Chetcuti, also praised this important step forward and said that more stakeholders in the construction sector will be required to register, so as to ensure the highest level of safety for all concerned.