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In a bid to provide a big relief to city residents, Chandigarh administration has decided to issue occupancy certificate through self-certification for both commercial and residential buildings. The UT has earlier brought up the concept of self-certification for approval of building plans.

An occupancy certificate is a document which is issued at the completion of any construction by a local government agency or planning authority. The document is a proof that the building is in compliance with applicable building codes and other laws. With this reform, now one can easily get an occupancy certificate leaving behind the lengthy and cumbersome manual scrutiny process.

As per the latest norms, occupancy certificate is to be approved in 20 days but due to a long process, it takes around 2-3 months to get an OC. But under the new system, now the owner of the property has to submit an application to the authority with drawings of the building, completion certificate, and other documents. Apart from this, if there are any building violations, then the owner, architect and structural engineer have to submit a jointly submit a document. They also have to submit photographs of front, side, rear setbacks, front and rear elevation of the building.

The owner and the architect both have to give a self-certification that no provision of the Chandigarh Building (Amendment) Rules (Urban) – 2018 has been violated by them excluding compoundable violations. At the same time, the architect too has to ensure that construction of the building is done within the given norms and no mistake should be there once the certificate is furnished.

In case any violation is found during the inspection, then it must be removed immediately from the certificate. It has been further decided that system will be first introduced for commercial buildings and later for residential and industrial.

Many architects, as well as real estate experts, welcomed this move of the Government. They said that the self-certification process will respite the developers as well as home buyers from running pillar to post in order to get the occupancy certificate.