Article Index

General Conditions

  1. The requirements set forth in this Edict shall be applicable to the land for which general and detailed plans have been prepared and approved taking into consideration the following:

  2. Development shall be permitted in the green belt areas in accordance with the approved classification plans for these areas.

  3. Land areas and properties with areas of less than 60 square meters (sixty square meters) shall be permitted to be developed at the rate of one residential units for each floor while complying with the heights prescribed for each development area.

  4. Development shall not be permitted in open areas except upon obtaining the planning approval of the suitability of the site for the proposed development for the projects of a special nature by the General Directorate of Urban Planning in co-ordination with the concerned authorities including the areas open to the following:

    • Land areas that contain natural wealth or sources of marine life.

    • Quarries.

    • Waterways, plateaus or valleys.

    • Archaeological and historical landmarks.

    • Burial mounds.

    • Land areas intended for special uses.

    • Land areas intended for future development extensions.

    • Undeveloped onshore areas.

    • Offshore areas.

    • Land areas surrounding poultry farms according to the specifications approved by the authority concerned with agricultural affairs.

  5. In the case of properties overlooking main roads on which it is not permitted to open vehicle entrances, it is permitted to make entrances to foot paths only in cases that do not pose any threat to the traffic safety of pedestrians in coordination with the directorate concerned at the Ministry of Works.

Areas of Social Services and Public Utilities Projects:

Approved general and detailed development plans or plans for determination of development projects for educational, health, sports, social, religious, cultural, recreational, tourist and public utilities projects and similar projects shall be permitted in the areas designed for public services and utilities subject to obtaining a planning approval for the suitability of the site for the proposed development from the General Directorate of Urban Planning in addition to determination of the Zoning Regulations for Construction of each project as part of the planning approval thereof. The above shall take place in co-ordination with the concerned authorities.

Areas of Projects of a Special Nature:

There shall be determined in the development plans in the Kingdom areas that may be allocated for projects of a special nature, provided that a planning approval shall be obtained from Zoning Regulations for Construction as required by the nature of each project. Development projects of a special nature shall be permitted after obtaining the planning approval of the suitability of the site for development for each project from the General Directorate of Urban Planning. Meanwhile, co-ordination shall take place with the authorities concerned with development, utilities, services and roads. Further, such authorities may request the owner to submit a preliminary study of the effects of the proposed uses for construction applicable in the area, road network, utilities, environmental studies and public services, provided that the General Directorate of Urban Planning shall be furnished with recommendations from such authorities within 30 days from the date of receiving the approval request. The Minister concerned with Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture shall issue an order concerning the zoning and development conditions according to the nature of each project, in accordance with article (20) of the Law for Regulation of Building.

Relevant Committees:

Subject to the provisions of the Development Planning Law referred to the Minister concerned with Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture shall issue orders concerning the formation the following committees:

  1. Facades Committee: This is a committee comprising representatives of the authorities concerned with development which may lay down the rules that contribute to the development of the existing facades and coordination between the new building facades and enhancing the architectural and constructional style of the different development areas.

  2. Special Nature Project Review Committee: This is a technical consulting committee to review projects of a special nature and the requirements related to areas with distinguished development nature and the projects that are not subject to the approved Zoning Regulations for Construction with representation by authorities concerned with development, utilities, services and roads. The Committee may request from the owners of the aforesaid projects to prepare any technical and economic studies related to the direct social, development, economic, environmental and traffic effects for setting up of such projects.

Development on the Borders of the Main Roads:

Subject to the provisions of the Development Planning Law referred to, development shall be permitted on the borders of main roads according to the general and detailed development plans approved by the Minister concerned with Municipalities and Agriculture Affairs that determine the development area designated for each, provided that the building recession shall be on the building line indicated in such plans or ministerial orders. These plans and ministerial orders shall determine the depth of permitted building measures from the centre of the road and determination of the Zoning Regulations for Construction on such roads.

Car parks must be provided in areas of front recessions where the building recession is at a distance of 5 meters (five meters) from the front border of the land, for all properties overlooking approved commercial roads, with the exception of:

  1. Buildings and properties for which applications for new building licenses are submitted, and which overlook approved commercial roads within an existing area in which the percentage of buildings without front recessions is more than 50% (fifty percent) of the total length of the commercial road, in order to unify the building line in these areas.

  2. Buildings and properties for which applications for building licenses are submitted and which overlook approved commercial roads which have been designed with the provision of car parks (longitudinal, lateral or inclined) within the road boundary, in order to unify the building line in this area.

  3. Buildings and properties for which applications for building licenses are submitted and which overlook approved commercial roads where it is not permitted to open entrances for cars thereon for planning reasons or for traffic safety requirements. Building is permitted on the front border of the land unless there is an approved regulation line for the road on which there must be a recession. In case of lands overlooking two streets, there must be a recession from the side on which car entrances are permitted to be opened at a distance of 5 meters (five meters) from the land border, to be used as car parks.

Car parks must be provided for buildings and installations to which no specific reference is made herein, in accordance with the following table.

Provisional Parking Standard for Kingdom of Bahrain

No. Subject Parking Standard
1 Hotels
  • Car park space per each 3 hotel rooms.

  • car park space per each flat apartment 150 sq. m, 2 for

  • Greater than 150 sq. m.

  • 1 car park space per each room with kitchenette.

  • Car park space per 50 sq. Ill restaurants.

  • Car park space per 25 sq. m halls and ballrooms.

  • Car park space per 50 sq. m shops and offices.

  • The administration offices, recreation center, business

  • center and services (kitchen & corridor) which use of the

  • Hotel are exempted from providing car park.
2 Restaurants 4 Car spaces / 100 sq. m
3 Private Hospitals 5 Car spaces / 100 sq. m
4 Clinics 4 Car spaces / doctor
5 Private Universities and Institutes 1 Car space / 4 students
6 Private School 2 Car space /class room
7 Nurseries and Kindergartens 1 Car space / 150 sq. m
8 Banks 5 Car spaces I 100 sq. in
9 Supermarket 5 Car spaces I 100 sq. in
10 Car showrooms 1.5 Car spaces I 100 sq. in
11 Sport Activities 1 Car space / 50 sq. m
12 Offices 1 Car space / 70 sq. m
13 Friday Mosque 1 Car space / 50 sq. m
14 Museum 1.5 Car space / 100 sq. m
15 Cinema 1 Car space / 5 seats
16 Library 1 Car space / 100 sq. m
17 Petrol Station 4 Car spaces / Petrol Station + additional activities parking if any
18 Stores or Warehouse No Car park space required because loading and unloading is an immediate process
19 Multi-Purpose Hall 1 Car space / 25 sq. m
20 Malls 1 Car space / 50 sq. m

Additional Floors may be added to the existing buildings in Investment Building Areas (A, B, C & D) in accordance to their recessions, subject to the following requirements:

  1. An adequate number of car parks must be provided with the addition in accordance with the provisions hereof.

  2. The specified building percentage for the area must not be exceeded.

  3. All the remaining regulatory requirements for construction in the area must apply.

  4. Obtaining a certificate carrying "Addition to the Building" from two category "A" approved Consultant Engineering Offices.

Provisions of this order shall be applicable to applications for addition to the existing buildings, and shall not apply to new buildings or those that are demolished and reconstructed.

The Minister concerned with Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture shall submit all the cases to which no reference is made and cases that require amendments to these requirements to the Ministerial committee for Public Utilities, to issue the necessary recommendations concerning them.