Israeli Homeowners Win Battle for Eased Small-scale Construction

Cabinet approves legislation known as the 'Pergola Reform', which creates a fast-track process for approving simple construction projects such as enclosing balconies and greatly expands the local authorities’ planning powers.

Israeli gomeowners will no longer need to obtain a building permit to construct a pergola, fence or other minor structure under a change in the Planning and Building Law, unanimously approved by the cabinet on Sunday morning.