There are several measures in place to monitor and regulate building practices, especially those in close proximity to major watercourses.
These include constant development and updating land use policies, sites development standards and spacial planning guidelines.
Minister of Planning and Development, Penelope Beckles, provided details on the issue during her response to a question from the Opposition on the topic in parliament on Friday.
The question was raised in the context of severe flooding and complaints of unregulated and irregular building practices being a major contributor to riverine flooding.
Once approved these are published on the website of the Trinidad and Tobago Planning and Development and are made available to members of the public.
They provide guidelines to applicants and prospective developers who are then able to propose development that are approvable, undertaking responsibly and sustainably and consistent with land use planning policies and site development standards.