Chandigarh UT has okayed the self-certification scheme for approval of plans of commercial and industrial buildings which has come as major relief for the owners of commercial properties. Though the provision of self-certification was incorporated in the new urban building bylaws notified on July 25, 2017, the Estate Office had put on hold approval of commercial building plans since then.
Under the proposed self-certification scheme, the architect will have to submit the building plan prior to the start of construction along with a DD for security and scrutiny fee. If the authorities raise no objection to the plan within 15 days, the owners can go ahead with the construction work. The online approval of the building plans of residential units can start anytime now as the Estate Office has distributed the code to the architects.
As per the new system for commercial and industrial buildings, application for commercial booths, shop-cum-office (SCO), shop-cum-flat (SCF) and similar buildings, industrial plot (upto 1,000 square yards or 836-sq.m) and buildings governed by the Architectural Control Sheets may be submitted certifying that these adhere to the requirements laid down under the Building Rules, including the Zoning and Architectural Controls.