DDA notifies unified building bye-laws

By Akhilesh Pandey
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Posted: Jun 26, 2016

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has recently notified the Unified Building Bye-Laws 2016 to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. Leader of the House in the civic body, Subhash Arya, stated that the new bye-laws offer a slew of benefits to the plot holders in respect of constructions and alterations.

The new bye-laws approved by the Government have been notified vide a Gazette notification. They provide a number of reliefs to the plot holders including permission to extend covered area in the form of balcony.

Arya said the bye-laws exempt installation of lifts in the existing buildings from permission.  Further, lift area will not be included in the FAR.  In the plots below 500 sqm, the door of the lift is allowed to be in front of stairs. The size of balcony has been allowed to be increased to 5 feet from 3 feet.  In case of construction of basement, the maximum level of ground floor above basement shall be 5 feet against the earlier 3 feet.

According to the bye-laws, one toilet in stilt parking and another on the roof will be allowed in the residential plots. DG room, CCTV room, AC room have been allowed to be constructed in the set back and open area in the residential plots above 105 sqm. These constructions will not take into account FAR. The compounding fee on extra coverage of 13.5 m has been substantially decreased.

It will be allowed to instal 6 ft high screen in the outer side of the water tank.  The staircase in all buildings other than the residential plot will not be included in the FAR.  Saral scheme for residential plot up to 105 sqm will have to provide information and deposition of applicable charges with the application and not required any formal permission for construction from the department.

A resident of Sector 12, Shubham Apartments, and an expert of CGHS and housing laws, Advocate Ashok Chaitanya, welcomed the notification, saying, “It has facilitated an integrated single window mechanism for online approval of building plans. The laws have been made user-friendly through unification and simplification of a host of amendments made over the past three decades and integration of approvals by different agencies into single platform.

He further said, “Applicants can submit one single online application to concerned urban local body instead of approaching various agencies. They can now make a single payment to the concerned urban local body electronically, instead of making required payments to various agencies separately. This has empowered urban local bodies to accord environmental clearance for built -up area up to 1,50,000 sqm as against the present norm of obtaining EC from State Environment Assessment Authorities under Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change for built-up area of 20,000 sqm and above up to 1,50,000 sqm. Moreover, for residential plots of size up to 105 sqm in Delhi, the plot owner need not obtain sanction of building plans. He will only be required to submit an undertaking intimating about construction along with requisite fees and other documents to start construction.”

The number of documents to be submitted for obtaining building permits has been reduced from 40 to just 14 and the maximum time limit for granting building permit has been reduced from 60 days to just 30 days to enhance the ease doing business, it added.

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

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