The UT Administration of Chandigarh has now made available the self-certification scheme for approval of building plans to residential as well as industrial properties. Earlier, the scheme was available for commercial properties only. The UT Administration recently approved the scheme, which will be notified soon, finalised by the Department of Urban Planning which allowed self-certification for residential and industrial properties.
Under the proposed scheme, the owners of plots measuring up to 2 kanal could start construction of the house/industry within 15 days of submitting the plan certified by a registered architect. They would no longer require a building plan approved by the building branch of the Estate Office to go ahead with construction. This will considerably reduce the time involved in getting the approval for residential projects. Further, owners who want to build new homes need not run behind the Estate Office officials for getting building plans approved. At present, getting a building plan approved is a cumbersome and time consuming process involving umpteen formalities.
Architects will submit their plans certifying that the plans conform to the Building Rules, including zoning and architectural controls, giving 15 days notice to the competent authority for granting approval. The construction can be started as per the plan submitted to the Estate Office after the period of notice ends in case the competent authority does not convey any objection to the applicant. However, the Estate Officer will have the power to check the construction of the building at any time. At the time of inspection, if the Estate Officer finds any violation, he can take action against the owner. Also, new rules provide for blacklisting of architects who conceal facts or give wrong information while submitting plan.