India : New, Unified Building Bylaws Released


Aiming to simplify the procedure for building plan approval, unified building bylaws for Delhi have been released by the Union Development Ministry and revised by the AAP government.

With the new authorisation, building plans are to be approved within 30 days, and no construction permit will be needed for plots of up to 105 sq m in the nation’s capital.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will develop an online, single-window system for building clearance, after which applicants won’t be required to approach different departments to seek approval, explained Delhi’s Home Minister Satyendar Jain.

Satyendar Jain added that, with the new building plan, municipal corporations can permit mobile towers in residential areas with due safeguards.

According to the official, the Unified Building Bye-laws for Delhi 2016 require all buildings of plot sizes greater than 105 sq m to conform to mandatory green building norms. The requirements include: water conservation and management practices, solar energy utilisation, and energy efficiency and management for obtaining sanctions. The new law also requires the ensuring of safety in terms of structural design and earthquake disaster mitigation.

The official also added that all buildings and facilities used by public communities including educational, institutional, assembly, commercial, business, mercantile building etc., shall have provisions for universal design for differently abled persons, children, and the elder.

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