Building bye-laws for Delhi revised

[] A single-window clearance system, online payments and approval of building plans within 30 days – these are some of the amendments that the government has made to Delhi’s building bye-laws, to simplify construction of houses

To improve ease of doing business, the government on March 30, 2016, announced revised building bye-laws for Delhi, which envisages single-window clearance and payment system, along with approval of building plans within 30 days.

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“Delhi’s building bye-laws were last revised in 1983 and several amendments were made over the last three decades, resulting in complexity and even confusion in understanding various changes and filing applications. To do away with this problem, the bye-laws have been unified for easy reference, besides simplification of processes,” urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, while releasing the bye-laws.

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He explained that applicants can make a single online application to the concerned urban local body, instead of approaching various agencies, thereby, reducing human interface and enabling approvals in 30 days.

“The maximum time limit for granting of a building permit, has been reduced from 60 days to 30 days and beyond 30 days, it would be deemed approved,” he said.

According to the new bye-laws, the applicants will not be required to make payments to various agencies separately. Instead, they can make a single payment to the concerned urban local body, electronically.

The Environment Ministry has also agreed to empower urban local bodies, to accord environmental clearance (EC) for built-up area up to 1,50,000 sq metres, as against the present norm of obtaining EC from state environment assessment authorities under that ministry for built up area of 20,000 sq metres to 1,50,000 sq metres, according to an official statement.

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For residential plots of size up to 105 sq metres, the plot owner need not obtain a sanction of the building plans. The owner merely needs to submit an undertaking, intimating about the construction, along with the requisite fees and other documents.

The number of documents to be submitted for obtaining building permits, has also been reduced from 40 to 14, in the revised bye-laws.

Naidu said all buildings on plot sizes of more than 105 sq metres have to conform to the mandatory green building norms, for obtaining sanctions like provisions for water conservation and management and solar energy utilisation.

Owners of plots of more than 3,000 sq. metre area, will have to construct public washroom facilities, besides other mandatory sanitary requirements, as per the bye-laws.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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