China bans new buildings over 500 meters tall

China’s Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) issued a notice on Tuesday restricting the construction of new buildings above 250 meters and banning new buildings above 500 meters.

In the notice, the Development and Reform Commission asked local governments to strictly review and control the engineering quality of infrastructure construction, and to strictly control super high-rise buildings.

The notice points out that the authorities should strictly enforce the approval system for seismic protection of super high-rise building projects above 100 meters, appropriate to the size of the city and match the fire rescue capacity; strictly limit new buildings above 250 meters, to review their construction plans and to the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development for the record; no new super high-rise buildings above 500 meters.

It is reported that China currently has five buildings over 500 meters. In May this year, the Shenzhen Saige Building, with a total height of nearly 356 meters, shook for several days, causing all the merchants and tenants to move out, but the authorities have not yet found out the cause of the shaking, and the building has not resumed use.