Urban areas and high density residential areas in Vietnam must satisfy 03 following environmental protection requirements

This is a notable content of the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 approved by the National Assembly of Vietnam on November 17, 2019.

Khu đô thị, khu dân cư tập trung, Luật Bảo vệ môi trường 2020

Specifically, according to Article 57 of the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 of Vietnam, environmental protection of urban areas and high density residential areas must ensure sustainable development associated with sustention of natural, cultural, historical elements, the ratio of green space, and satisfaction of requirements concerning landscape and environmental hygiene according to the planning. Urban areas and high density residential areas shall satisfy environmental protection requirements. To be specific:

- Water supply and drainage networks and public sanitation facilities must satisfy environmental protection requirements; wastewater collection and treatment systems must be consistent and conformable with the approved planning; if such urban areas and high density residential areas are form before the effective date of this Circular but fail to provide land for construction of wastewater collection and treatment systems, they shall comply with Point c Clause 5 Article 86 of this Law;

- Equipment, vehicles and places for classifying solid waste at source, collecting and storing domestic solid waste must suit the quantity and type of waste generated from households and individuals in the urban areas and high density residential areas;

- The green space, water surface and open space are present in urban areas and high density residential areas as prescribed by law.

Besides, parks, flower gardens, trees, water surface, public roads and natural ecosystem must be protected, preserved and renewed in accordance with requirements concerning aesthetics and environmental protection and must not be encroached upon, leveled or used for wrong purposes. Residential areas and residential clusters must designate a pollution-free place for temporary storage of domestic solid waste before being transported to a designated place for treatment as prescribed.

Note: Investors in urban areas and high density residential areas must comply with the environmental protection requirements specified above.

View more details at the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 of Vietnam, effective from January 01, 2022.

Ty Na

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