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Good news for Okhlaiites as building by-laws changed after 33 years

Good news for Okhlaiites as building by-laws changed after 33 years. The Delhi Government has decided to notify Building By-laws for Delhi, revised on Monday after 33 years. New rules have been made user friendly through simplification and integration of approvals by different agencies into a single platform.

Henceforth, citizens 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. Citizens would no longer have to run from one Government agency to another to get a building plan approved. Fill a single-online-integrated form and the local bodies, primarily the municipal corporation, will get all the necessary clearances.

Residential plots of size up to 105 sq mtr are not required to obtain sanction of building plans. The owners would only have to submit an undertaking about construction along with requisite fees and other documents to begin construction.

The corporations are ready with an online automatic calculator for estimation by different charges through which the owners and architects can find the costs to be paid fee including betterment, levy, additional FAR etc. Fee to be paid can be worked out by furnishing information about colony category, plot area, floor-wise covered area, building type, etc.

A single window mechanism comes into effect  so as to improve the ease of doing construction business in the national capital, thus  promoting investments.

Buildings have now been categories based on risk – low risk residential with 105-500 sq mtr built up area and very low risk godowns of up to 250 sq mtr. Local bodies will be required to grant permits within 30 days.

Obtaining permission for commencement of construction has been removed.

Building with built up area between 20,000 to 150,000 sq mtr will now be able to get environmental clearance from urban local bodies. 

To promote green and sustainable construction practices, the Unified Building Bye-laws for Delhi -2016 mandates all buildings on plot sizes of more than 105 sq mtr to conform to the mandatory green building norms, including water conservation and management, solar energy utilization, energy efficiency and management for obtaining sanctions. 

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

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.

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

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