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How to get building plan approval or planning permission in Chennai?

Planning permission or building plan approval

How to get building plan approval or planning permission from in Chennai?

Planning permission or building plan approval is very important to turn a piece of land into a viable building plot.

In this blog you will understand the process of plan approval from the government for both residential and commercial, it’s importance, the cost involved, timeframe etc.

Planning permission is an important process when you are planning to build a residential home or commercial construction or for adding an extra floor in an existing building.

Planning permission is a key to get a house loan or any construction loan from any bank.

Most of the time getting government approval can be time-consuming and even stressful; it is better to leave it to the professional hands.

Contact Hire and Build to get plan approval from the government for both residential and commercial construction.

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These are the questions which will be answered below:

  1. What is Planning Permission or building plan approval?
  2. How To Get Plan Approval For Residential Building In Chennai?
  3. How Long Does the Planning Permission for Construction Last?
  4. What are the documents that need to be attached to your application?
  5. How Much Does a Planning Permission Application Cost in Chennai?
  6. When do I need Planning Permission or building plan approval?
  7. Why Should I go to a Planning Consultant to Help Secure Planning Permission?
  8. To whom should you file the application for building plan approval?
  9. On what basis Planning Permission will be granted?
  10. Will my site be inspected?
  11. Can I change the design after obtaining the building plan approval or Planning Permission?
  12. Can I Build a House Without Planning Permission?

What is Planning Permission or building plan approval?

Before undertaking any building construction in Chennai you have to get Planning Permission from the CMDA or Municipality Township or Panchayat Union, which is, must under the Town & Country Planning Act. 

Planning permission is the key with which you can turn a piece of agricultural land into a viable building plot.

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How To Get Plan Approval For Residential Building In Chennai?

For getting plan approval from the government you have to submit the filled form to the CMDA office or Municipality Township or Panchayat Union.

There are two types of forms available. Form “A” is for laying out the lands for building purposes and Form-‘B’ for all the other developments like residential, commercial buildings.

You can get this application form by paying the fees for the form and get from these offices (Chennai City Municipal Corporation or Municipality Township or Panchayat Union).

CMDA office won’t sell these forms, you have to fill these applications directly with the Corporation or local body.

How Long Does the Planning Permission for Construction Last?

The permission you get from the government is valid for 3 years from the date of issue. 

You can renew the planning permission for another 3 years by applying within the validity period.

Avoid buying a plot with planning permission that is about to expire, because you won’t get time to even get started but you would have paid more than for a normal plot in the same place.

What are the documents that need to be attached to your application?

You should submit five copies of plans showing:

  1. A detailed site plan with the floor plan of the proposed structure clearly indicating the dimensions and set back from the property boundaries.
  2. Plan, elevation and sectional details of the building, which is proposed to be constructed.
  3. Key plan, which shows the location of the site. All these plans and the applications should be signed by the applicant and an Architect or a licensed Surveyor.
  4. Clearance from the respective authority (whenever necessary)
  5. Sale deed or Lease deed and Patta to establish your title to the land.

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How Much Does a Planning Permission Application Cost in Chennai?

 The cost of submitting a planning application varies across Chennai.

The cost of planning permission depends on the land area, construction area of the building and the number of kitchens.

For example, if the land area is 1000 sq.ft and the buildup area in this land would be maximum 2000 sq.ft taking into account of maximum FSI i.e. 2 and for one kitchen the cost would be approximately Rs.50,000- 80,000/-.

This is just an approximate costing. This cost varies across Chennai.

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The real cost for obtaining planning permission can be known only after preparing the plans and documents and submitting to the concerned authority.

Also bear in mind that you also have to pay a licensed surveyor for making the plan to submit along with the application in the approval office.

When do I need Planning Permission or building plan approval?

If you are creating a new dwelling (You are building from scratch or if you are subdividing an existing building) you will need to get planning permission.

Planning permission is also required when you are adding another floor in an existing building.

Smaller additions or home improvements like interior designing or adding modular kitchen won’t require permission from the government.

Why Should I go to a Planning Consultant to Help Secure Planning Permission?

Appointing a planning consultant before buying a plot will save you tones of money on buying a project that turns out not to be feasible.

Building plan approval consultants have full knowledge on this matter so they will advise you to go with the best suitable options available.

Also getting government approval can be time-consuming and even stressful most of the times; it is better to leave it to the professional hands.

Contact Hire and Build to get building plan approvals from the government for both residential and commercial construction.

To whom should you file the application for building plan approval?

In Chennai for special buildings(Ground + 3 floors) and Multi-storeyed building (more than 4 floors), applications should be directly admitted in CMDA.

Other ordinary building plan approvals application can be submitted to Chennai City Municipal Corporation / Municipality / Town Panchayat / Panchayat Union depending upon location.

On what basis Planning Permission will be granted?

Planning permission will be granted based on the Master Plan or the Detailed Development Plan. This plan should compel with the Development Regulations.

Concerned government office will refuse to provide planning permission or building plan approval if it does not satisfy the development regulations.

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Will my site be inspected?

 Yes, your site will be inspected before providing the planning permission by the Building Plan Inspector / TownPlanning Officer of the Local Body /Officers of CMDA.

Can I change the design after obtaining the building plan approval or Planning Permission?

 You can make minor alterations in the Master plan that you have submitted in CMDA.

However, for making major alterations to an approved plan, permission has to be obtained.

A revised plan showing the deviations should be submitted along with the original master plan to get approval. So it’s better to decide before applying for building plan approval.

Can I Build a House Without Planning Permission?

No, you have to get planning permission for building construction. If it is carried out without proper permission can be demolished or kept under lock and seal under the Act.

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