Now, get building plans cleared with a single form

The Union urban development ministry on Wednesday released the Unified Building Bylaws, 2016. The revision of bylaws of the city comes after 33 years.

The revised bylaws, which make getting approval for building plans easier, mandate single window clearance for all building plans.

Single-window clearance for building plans would mean that the residents of the city would no longer have to run from one government agency to another to procure ‘no objection certificate’ (NOC). They can instead fill a single online integrated form and leave the work of getting NOCs to the local bodies.

Also, as per the revised Unified Building Bylaws, 2016 – released by the Union Urban Development minister M Venkaiah Naidu – any construction on a residential plot measuring up to 105 square meters (sq mt) will no longer need prior approval.

The owners of such plots can simply submit an application along with an affidavit, declaring all norms have been complied with.

Naidu said an overhaul of the existing bylaws was necessary as it will make obtaining approval for building plans ‘almost free of human intervention’. “People can make one single online application to concerned urban local body instead of approaching various agencies thereby reducing human interface and enabling approvals in just 30 days,” said Naidu.

The minister added that the bylaws would also ensure that approvals by external agencies – like Airports Authority of India, ASI, National Monument Authority, Delhi Fire Services, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and ministry of environment – are obtained by the local body rather than the applicant.

Ease in Building Plan Approval:

The new rules make it mandatory for civic bodies to issue building plan approvals within a month irrespective of the size of a plot. Also, no objection certificates for construction on big plots will be provided online.

Naidu said that the number of documents required to obtain building permit has also been reduced from 40 to 14, to ensure residents are not hassled. Also an automatic-fee calculator, integrated with online system of submission of building plans, will be made available on the websites of local bodies.

Green Clearances:

The new rules also waive off the requirement of green clearances from the Central government for individual projects on plots measuring up to 1.5 lakh sq mt. All buildings on plot sizes of more than 105 sq mt have to, however, conform to the green building norms – like water conservation and management and solar energy utilization – for obtaining sanctions.

Swachh Bharat:

The new bylaws also make it mandatory for all public buildings to have toilets for visitors.

“Owners of plots of more than 3,000 sq mt will have to construct public washroom complexes which will have access from outside, in addition to other mandatory sanitary requirements,” said Naidu.

Risk-Based Matrix:

The new bylaws require measures for ensuring safety in terms of provisions for structural design and earthquake disaster mitigation. “The objective of this analysis is that small buildings, with low-risk are approved quickly and high-risk buildings like malls, multi-storey or big complexes, are examined in detail,” a ministry official said. Under risk based classification, architects will be empowered to issue building permits for low risk residential buildings between 105-500 sq mt and very low risk godowns of up to 250 sq. mt.

For low risk and moderate risk buildings, local bodies will be required to grant permits within 10 to 20 days.

Other Provisions:

All buildings and facilities used by the public will have to make provisions for the needs of differently abled people, children and the elderly.

Source: Hindustan Times (Metro), Mar 31, 2016, Page 03

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