Kuwait's New Telecom Regulations: Fines of Up to 10,000 Dinars


A proposed schedule outlining requirements for setting up public radio stations across Kuwait has been finalized by the Municipality's Committee for the Study and Review of Building Regulations. A new article, 39 bis, has been incorporated into the new telecommunications regulations by Committee head Muhammad Al-Mutairi, in a letter to the Municipality's Director General Saud Al-Dabbous. The article introduces penalties, including fines ranging from 9,000 to 10,000 dinars, suspension of the contractor's license, and administrative deportation for non-Kuwaiti violators.

The violations subject to these penalties include unauthorized implementation or supervision of telecommunications stations and towers, exceeding the designated area of 300 square meters, putting vehicles in unauthorized locations, establishing communication infrastructure in prohibited sites, and failing to maintain the required 20-meter distance from residential buildings, schools, kindergartens, and facilities for people with disabilities.

According to Al-Mutairi, for enclosing communication stations and towers with materials other than permeable iron mesh, failing to adhere to specified fence heights, and failing to display warning and indicative signs on relevant buildings and sites, a fine of 100 to 500 dinars is imposed. In addition, the committee stipulated fines ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 dinars for advertising or promotional boards. In the third clause, if the site of telecommunications stations and towers is not fenced, the owner will be fined 4,000 - 5,000 dinars. Whenever possible, a ruling will be made to rectify the violation, with the possibility of adding additional penalties such as license suspension or cancellation. Depending on the severity of the violation, violators may also face criminal or civil penalties. Fines increase with the number of violations.

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