[ecis2016.org] Real estate developers in India need an approval from state-run DTCPs to carry out large projects.
Those planning to construct a building in a specific area need to get the project approved by several local bodies. The Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) is one such local body. Its permission is mandatory to carry out any construction activity.
What is DTCP?
It is an agency established to regulate planning and urban development in a state. The Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) formulates policies that sets in motion an integrated approach towards planned development. The DTCP also advises other agencies and planning bodies, related to commercial, residential real estate and urban planning, to regulate development and prevent unauthorized constructions.
All real estate developers in India need to get a green signal from the concerned state-run DTCP to initiate comparatively large-scale projects. Each state has its own DTCP.
In Tamil Nadu, for instance, real estate developers should get an approval from the state DTCP for layouts exceeding 2.47 acres of land in corporations, municipalities, and town panchayats. Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) have the power to give permissions for small-scale developments. Local planning bodies in Tamil Nadu can approve residential, commercial, and institutional developments spanning up to 26,910 square feet area in non-high rise buildings category. To develop projects beyond that limit, a builder will have to seek DTCP’s permission.
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How to apply for DTCP approval?
With majority of states bringing the building plan approval system online, developers can apply for DTCP approval for projects on their respective websites. However, at the time of filling the application, they will have to register themselves on the website and keep all papers handy. They will have to submit documents online while sending the application form. This requires you to have soft copies of all the documents in a specific format as directed by the concerned DTCP.
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Some of the state DTCPs’ website addresses are mentioned below to help you fill in application for getting a plan approval.
Who can apply for DTCP approval?
The owner of a plot in a layout, association of plot owners, housing societies, and layout promoters can apply for the DTCP approval.
How do I know if my plot is DTCP approved?
The official website of the state DTCP has a list of all approved plots on its portal. Consult the website to get information about DTCP approval. Alternatively, you can also visit the DTCP office to get information.
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Is DTCP approval mandatory for getting home loans?
Unless and until an under-construction housing project or plot-based housing scheme has all the permissions in place, including the DTCP approval, no bank in India will approve a request for home loans for the property. The builder needs to get an approval from the state DTCP to start the project. A homebuyer investing in such projects needs to present documents showing the building plan being approved by the DTCP to get loan.
Is it good to purchase DTCP approved sites?
If you want to keep your investments safe, you must verify whether the housing or commercial project is being constructed after getting an approval from the concerned DTCP.
How much does it cost to get DTCP approval?
The DTCP approval charges vary from state-to-state. In Tamil Nadu, the DTCP charge ranges between Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 as the charge for approval depends on the area where it is located (rural/urban).
How long will it take to get DTCP approval?
Although changes are being made in various states to reduce time taken to approve building plans as the Central government aims for a higher ranking in the global Ease of Doing Business index. It might take up to six months to get an approval from the DTCP.
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What are the documents required for DTCP approval?
A builder applying for a plan approval from the state DTCP may need various documents. We have compiled an exhaustive list of such documents below. However, the list of documents might vary from state-to-state depending on the nature of the project (residential, commercial, or institutional).
- Site plan, depicting width and status of roads, building setbacks and parking areas
- Copy of survey sketch/copy of village plan/copy of field measurement/book of survey number duly showing the proposed site
- Extract of masterplan/indicative land use plan, showing the proposed site
- Detailed plan showing existing features such as residential colonies/educational/medical/religious institutions within a radius of 500 metre from the proposed site
- Certificate from local authority (commissioner/panchayat secretary) showing width and nature/status of access roads
- Certificate from a competent authority, stating the proposed building is not near to any water bodies
- Registered ownership documents for the site, attested by a gazetted officer, showing the registered documents, survey number, extent, and schedule of boundaries
- Payment details to the DTCP for inspection and technical scrutiny
- Proposed installation capacity (for industrial applications)
- Total project cost of plant and machinery (for industrial applications)
- Land conversion certificate issued by the revenue authority
- No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the fire and emergency services
- NOC from the state Pollution Control Board, if applicable
- NOC from the irrigation department, if applicable
- NOC from the revenue department, if applicable
- NOC from the forest department, if the site under reference abutting to forest
What is the full form of DTCP?
DTCP stands for Department of Town and Country Planning.
How can I apply for DTCP approval?
You can apply for DTCP approval online.
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