Civil, Property, Family Laws

The Human Settlements Adjudication Commission under Republic Act No. 11201

The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Act, which became effective on March 01, 2019, creates a new Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (Department) and consolidates the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB). The Department shall act as the primary national government entity responsible for the management of housing, human settlement and urban development. It shall be the sole and main planning and policy-making, regulatory, program coordination, and performance monitoring entity for all housing, human settlement and urban development concerns.

The HLURB is now reconstituted and shall be known as the Human Settlements Adjudication Commission (Commission). The adjudicatory function of the HLURB is transferred to this Commission and shall be attached to the Department for policy, planning and program coordination only.

This new Commission shall have exclusive appellate jurisdiction over all cases decided by the Regional Adjudicators and appeals from decisions of local and regional planning and zoning bodies. The Regional Adjudicators have original and exclusive jurisdiction over cases involving subdivisions, condominiums, memorial parks and similar real estate developments, as well as cases involving Homeowners Associations. However, jurisdiction over criminal prosecution for violations of housing laws and regulations remains with the regular courts.

All applications for permits and licenses, as well as cases pending with the HLURB and filed during the transition period, which spans six (6) months from the effectivity of R.A. No. 11201, shall continue to be acted upon by the HLURB until issuance of the new law’s implementing rules and regulations.

To read the entire R.A. No. 11201, click here.

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