What is TAMA 38?

The Hebrew meaning of the term “ TAMA 38 ” is “National Outline Plan”. The “ TAMA 38 ” city plan touches upon strengthening existing structures against earth quakes. The plan is meant to define which structures do not conform to the Israeli standards and building codes, and therefore require structure strengthening work. Additionally, the plan enables the applicant to receive construction permits, and includes construction additions to existing structures, tax reliefs and substantial exemptions. All these are meant to encourage awareness for structure strengthening, and to reduce related expenses.


3 to 6 months

  • Presenting initial proposal for negotiation purposes to the tenants’ representatives

  • Appointing an active committee by the general assembly in the building for a non-binding negotiation with the entrepreneur

  • Appointing an attorney on behalf of the tenants, with the entrepreneur’s full financing. It should be made clear to the tenants that they get to choose their attorney. The entrepreneur just pays the bills…

  • Making a determination of the technical specifications by the tenants’ representatives for every apartment, and plan confirmation.

  • Presenting a detailed contract draft for the tenants’ approval.

  • Signing a contract between the entrepreneur and each of the tenants. It should be emphasized that this is a uniform contract involving all of the tenants.

Cost and Planning

8-12 months from the day of signing the contract

  • Formalizing detailed plans with the tenants.

  • Preparing detailed plans for submission, including construction plans, traffic plans, and more.

  • Opening a file and applying for the construction permit.

  • Obtaining a building permit.

  • Preparing detailed work plans.


14-18 months from the day of commencing the works

  • Foundations and skeleton.

  • Water, electricity and sewage infrastructure renewal.

  • Including stone facing.

  • Interior works.

  • Connecting between existing apartments and the additional constructed space.

  • Finishing touches, including interior design.

  • Form #4.

  • Updating the registration apartment building decree and pinning the new space to the existing tenants.