Pandemia is not a barrier


Construction in Moscow does not slow down thanks to modern technologies

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, which has complicated the economic situation around the world and introduced some restrictions to work processes, the Moscow construction industry is not slowing down, and residential real estate is being commissioned even slightly ahead of plans. The achievement of such results became possible, among other things, due to the transfer of many processes of the construction cycle to electronic form and the continuation of work in remote mode.

The work to simplify administrative procedures, reduce the time it takes to complete them and create a comfortable business climate in the capital is one of the priority areas for the implementation of urban planning policy. In the capital, on the basis of the official portal of the mayor and the government of Moscow, a platform has been created for issuing state services in the construction sector. “Developers can arrange any procedure – from obtaining a town-planning plan for a land plot to a permit for commissioning – through the portal,” said Andrey Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Urban Development Policy and Construction.

Moscow has successfully switched to the Federal State Information System of the Unified State Register of Real Estate (FGIS USRN). This step makes the decision-making process more transparent and simplifies the interaction of government authorities and organizations involved in the provision of specialized public services. Thanks to a single database, the time required to complete the documentation is reduced.

These transformations allowed, during the period of restrictions on construction activities and remote operation, to continue working for construction companies, minimizing time and financial costs.

The construction sector reform continues. In the last month alone, the deadline for processing documents for work in the technical and security zones of the metro and transport infrastructure was reduced to 11 working days.

In September, Mosvodostok’s services were switched to online mode. This organization became the seventh enterprise providing services for connecting capital construction facilities to engineering networks in electronic form. In the early 2000s, no one suspected such an innovation, which greatly simplified the procedures for obtaining technical specifications, concluding an agreement and drawing up an act on technical connection to the drainage system. The point is not at all the lack of attention of officials to new technologies – just at that time the development of the Internet left much to be desired.

Over the past month, the period of technical connection to the power grids of MOESK was reduced to 25 days. At the same time, MOEK simplified the procedure for supplying heat to facilities under construction. The new heat supply procedure makes it possible to carry out interior finishing work in the autumn-winter period in a heated building, which will significantly reduce the construction and commissioning time of the facility, as well as reduce the developer’s financial costs during the construction process. At the same time, an online notification procedure for earthworks was introduced.

Construction industry specialists can get advice on any issues at the Unified Contact Center of the Moscow Stroycomplex (8-499-401-01-01;, and to get acquainted with the latest news and expert opinions on the ongoing reforms – on the specialized portal ” We build simply ”(

There is no doubt that reforming the industry is having a positive effect and resonating with developers and investors. Since the beginning of the year, the number of online applications for connecting facilities to utility networks has grown by 50%. According to a study by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM), almost 60% of Moscow developers are positive about the changes that have occurred over the past two years in the field of construction regulation.

Source: Moskovsky Komsomolets