New building rules will be notified in Punjab soon

New building rules will be notified in Punjab soon

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Punjab Housing and Urban Development Ministry has given its nod to new building rules, which were approved by the Cabinet and will be applicable across the State, outside municipal limits.

These rules would be notified shortly and made available for general public. While drafting the new building rules suggestions from the co-departments and general public were sought by uploading the draft in the public domain. The valid suggestions received were considered and duly incorporated in these rules.

According to the new building rules a developer could purchase unlimited FAR for group housing, commercial, public office, hotel and industrial buildings, increase in permissible FAR (floor area ratio) for residential plotted development and educational buildings and new provision for rental housing or hostel, dhaba, miniplex and multiplex, wholesale trade or warehouse or integrated freight complex and commercial use in Group Housing projects has been increased from 0.20 to one percent.

Further, five percent additional ground coverage has been permitted in case of retail service industry, ground coverage for commercial building has been increased from 40 to 45 percent, new provision had been made for Orphanage Home, Old Age Home, Children’s Institute or School for Mentally Challenged or Physically Handicapped Persons and relaxation in parking norms for Universities, Orphanage Home, Old Age Home, Children’s Institute or School for Mentally challenged or Physically Handicapped Persons.

There will be no scrutiny fees for building plan approval of school or care centre for Disabled persons or Mentally Challenged Persons, Orphanage and Old Age Home shall be chargeable and additional five percent floor area ratio (FAR) free of charge and 100 percent exemption of building scrutiny fee has been allowed on submission of Green Building Certificate.

Rooftop solar photovoltaic installation for electricity generation has been made mandatory in residential, educational, government, hospital, commercial buildings and group housing complexes. 15 percent of the total covered area in all category of building shall be permissible for the housing of staff or workers and for large campus or universities, IIT, IIM, up to 30 percent of the total covered area (FAR) can be utilized for residential use for essential staff, provisions of latest National Building Code-2016 has been incorporated in these building rules.