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Union Government announced unified building bye-laws for Delhi

Mar 31, 2016 15:15 IST

The Union Government on 30 March 2016 announced the Unified Building Bye-Laws for Delhi. The bye-laws were announced with an aim to create an integrated single window mechanism for online approval of building plans.

The new laws have been made user friendly through unification and simplification of a host of amendments and integration of approvals by different agencies into a single platform.

The bye-laws were announced by the Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi.

Features of the Unified Building Bye-Laws

• One common single application form has been devised for online submission by the building proponents (applicants) to the concerned urban local body instead of applying to various agencies like Airports Authority of India, National Monuments Authority, Delhi Fire Services, Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Urban Arts Commission, Delhi Metro, Power Distribution Companies, concerned central ministries like Forests, Railways, Defence and others.

• Applicants will not be required to make required payments to various agencies separately and instead can make single payment to the concerned urban local body electronically.

• Seamless integration has been put in place so that concerned urban local body will obtain approvals from other concerned agencies online there by drastically reducing the time taken for sanctions besides eliminating human interface with various agencies. AAI, NMA, DUAC, DMRC and others have been integrated for single window clearance. Central ministries concerned will be integrated shortly. By this, applicants will not be required to separately approach these agencies for approvals/No Objection Certificates.

• Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change has now concurred to integrate approvals by agreeing to empower urban local bodies to accord Environmental Clearence for built up area up to 150000 square meters as against the present norm of obtaining EC from State Environment Assessment Authorities under that Ministry for built up area of 20000 square meters and above up to 150000 square meters.

SARAL Scheme: For residential plots of size up to 105 square meters, the plot owner need not obtain sanction of building plans. He/she has to just to submit an undertaking intimating about construction along with requisite fees and other documents to start construction.

• Under risk based classification newly adopted for residential plotted buildings and warehouses/storage facilities/godowns, architect/engineer is empowered to issue building permits for Low Risk residential buildings (105-500 sq.mtrs) and Very Low Risk godowns of up to 250 square meters. For Low Risk and Moderate Risk category buildings, local bodies will be required to grant permits within 10 to 20 days.

• Approvals/No Objection Certificates by external agencies like AAI, NMA, Delhi Fire Services, DMRC, Ministry of Environment etc., shall be issued within 15 days.

• The number of documents to be submitted for obtaining building permits has been reduced from 40 to just 14.

• Procedure for obtaining Completion-cum-Occupancy Certificate has been simplified by reducing the number of documents to be submitted by the owner from 36 to just 9.

• Obtaining permission for commencement of construction has been removed. Instead, the applicant, who had already obtained building permit can intimate the concerned local body and proceed with construction work.

• The maximum time limit for granting building permit has been reduced from 60 days to just 30 days to enhance the ease doing business.
• Local bodies shall prepare an automated calculator for building permit fee including betterment levy, additional FAR etc and be made available on website for use by the applicants.

Promoting safe, green and sustainable construction
In the context of climate change challenge, the Unified Building Bye-laws for Delhi -2016 seek to promote green and sustainable construction practices.

• All buildings on plot sizes of more than 105 square meters have to conform to the mandatory green building norms for obtaining sanctions. These include provisions for Water Conservation and Management, Solar Energy Utilization, Energy Efficiency and Management. These measures help in making Delhi more sustainable and environment friendly.

• New Bye-laws require measures for ensuring safety in terms of provisions for structural design and earthquake disaster mitigation.

Other provisions

• All buildings and facilities used by the public such as educational, institutional, assembly, commercial, business, mercantile buildings and group housing etc., shall have provision for universal design for differently abled persons, children and the elderly.

• Owners of plots of more than 3,000 square meters area shall construct public washroom complexes with access from outside, in addition to other mandatory sanitary requirements.

• To present an aesthetically pleasing and vibrant environment, public art shall be promoted in built up areas.

The bye-laws, which have been revised after a gap of 33 years (were last revised in 1983) and several amendments were made over the last 3 decades resulting in complexity and even confusion in understanding various changes and filing applications accordingly.

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