Punjab government to make business easier by launching a 'Building Plans Online Portal'. Here's how
Once developed and implemented, the portal will help take another step towards ease of doing business.
Recently, the Chief Secretary of Punjab, Jawwad Rafique Malik, approved the launch of a Building Plans Online Portal. The portal will be used by 450 municipal corporations and local bodies to speed up and improve the process of issuing building plans, completion certificates, and land-use conversion plans.
Next week marks the beginning of the Building Plans Online Portal’s development by the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). Once developed and implemented, the portal will help take another step towards the ease of doing business by bringing all the concerned authorities in direct contact via the platform.
The commercial, semi-commercial, residential, and industrial structures’ building plans will be approved by the concerned authorities through this portal. The completion certificates will be granted in 30 days of application; a land-use conversion plan will be accepted in 45 days of application; a private housing scheme development plan will be approved in 60 days of application.
The breakdown of the approval process
The breakdown of the approval process shows the many authorities involved in decision making. First, the head draftsman will be required to approve a building plan within a day of application submission, the patwari and the assistant municipal planning officer within two days, and the deputy municipal planning officer within three days.
After this, the chief corporate officer will inspect within five days and forward the report to the succeeding authority. Lastly, the succeeding power, the administrator, will issue the final approval of the building plan within six days.
High-rise buildings will be treated as exceptions. Their approval will be subject to clearance from the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), the Environment Protection Department (EPD), and the Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency (TEPA). These departments will either issue objections within seven days of application submission, or grant NOCs.
All decisions (approval, objections, or rejections) will be communicated and notified to the applicants through WhatsApp, email, and the Building Plans Online Portal (which would contain a detailed version of the report).
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