More than 70 percent of residential buildings in Nairobi County are not compliant with the county government’s zoning policy. 

The damning revelation emerged during a session held on 6th August at City Hall between the Nairobi County Assembly’s Planning, Housing and Lands Committee and officials from the Urban Housing and Planning Department over the influx of unapproved buildings in the City.

The Committee revealed that officers from the Planning Department had colluded with unscrupulous developers and put up buildings in total disregard of the zoning policy, which gives guidelines on how many floors a structure should have, and the maximum number of buildings allowed in a certain zone. The Committee chairman Hon. Anthony Karanja said that only 25 percent of all city buildings adhere to the policy.He stated that the committee will from next month start inspecting buildings to re-evaluate their approvals and recommend, among other things, demolition and regularisation of the buildings. He said the situation has been fuelled by the existence of cartels in the county comprising of sub-county administrators, planning officers and enforcement officers who are allowing the illegal structures to be put up.“People are being allowed to construct on road reserves, airport land, public land, and military installations outside the zoning policy. In an area like Kileleshwa where buildings are only allowed to go four storeys, we have since established that some buildings in the area go up to 15 floors,” he said.

Members of the Committee appealed to Governor HE.Hon.Mike Sonko to rein in on the rogue officers from the urban planning and housing department who are responsible for the unapproved structures and buildings in the City.