According to architects in Chandigarh, non-updation of architectural control sheets by the urban planning department of the UT administration for long has created problems for the residents and the architects. Over the years, the administration has made several amendments in the bylaws to meet the requirements of residents. According to these architects there are more than 50 amendments which have not been incorporated either in the control sheets or the new rule book.
Most of these amendments pertain to height of courtyard; coverage of cut outs in shops; and width of staircase in showrooms. The courtyard height vary from sector to sector. It should be noted that the norms pertaining to height in Sector 17 are different for sectors 16, 19, 22 and 27. The architectural controls of Industrial Area are not uniform.
Under the new self-certification rule owners through their registered architects have to submit a certification, stating that the building plan complied with requirements under building rules, including zoning and architectural control. Due to non-updation of many amendments, there is confusion amongst architects whether they have sanctioned a correct plan to their client or not.
However, in a recent meeting of the local architects with the UT officials it was conveyed that the architects would be required to submit three sets of building plans and following which the building branch would initiate the process.