The Punjab Cabinet has approved easing of building rules to give boost to construction industry, while facilitating better urban planning and development in the state. The new rules, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Rules-2018, provide for Purchasable Unlimited Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for Group Housing, Commercial, Public Office, Hotel and Industrial Buildings, while increasing Permissible FAR for residential plotted development and Educational buildings. The new rules will replace the Punjab Urban Development Authority Building Rules 2013. The new Rules were drafted after taking suggestions from co-departments and the general public on a draft uploaded in the public domain. The provisions of the latest National Building Code-2016 which were framed by the Town and Country Planning Organization (TCPO) of India, have been incorporated in these building rules.
The new rules also contain provisions for rental housing, hostels, dhabas, miniplexes and multiplexes, wholesale trade/warehouse/integrated freight complex, besides increase in commercial use in group housing projects from 0.20 per cent to 1 per cent. Apart from this, 5 per cent additional ground coverage has been permitted in the case of retail service industry, while ground coverage for commercial building has been increased from 40 to 45 per cent.
A new provision has been incorporated for orphanage homes, old age homes, childrens institute/schools for mentally challenged or physically handicapped persons.