Regulatory Distress: Architects’ Perspective on Enforcement of Building Regulations in Ghana

  • Justice Kwame Offei-NketiahEmail author
  • Titus Ebenezer Kwofie
  • Daniel Yaw Addai Duah
Conference paper


Building regulation is considered as a remarkable means for ensuring orderly and sustainable development. Unfortunately, it has become a fault line and an elusive tool for developing countries. In Ghana, the chronic collapse of buildings, haphazard developments and increased number of defective buildings are signs of weaknesses in the enforcement of building controls. Based on the perspective of architects, the study seeks to confirm the key factors that accounts for the laxity in enforcement process and the potential use of smart building regulations to improve the system. Architects present during the Annual General Meeting of architects in Ghana were purposively sampled to answer survey questionnaires. Based on response from 86 architects, institutional factors; Inefficient and Insufficient Staff, Corruption and Absence of Public-Private Partnership were established as key factors that impacts negatively on enforcement of building regulations. The study recommends the use of smart approaches for effective building controls in Ghana.


Building regulations Smart regulations Sustainable development Building control Building collapse 



This paper is part of an ongoing PhD study on building regulatory regimes for sustainable urban development in Ghana.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Justice Kwame Offei-Nketiah
    • 1
    Email author
  • Titus Ebenezer Kwofie
    • 1
  • Daniel Yaw Addai Duah
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ArchitectureKwame Nkrumah University of Science and TechnologyKumasiGhana

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