The Supreme Court in India has indicated that it will revive the court-appointed monitoring committee to identify and seal illegal buildings in Delhi stating that the government authorities have failed to rule out illegal construction in the city. Just a few weeks ago, the Delhi High Court had raised the alarm stating that 90% of the buildings in Delhi are illegal and the city will have to pay a huge price for this.
These are extremely serious developments that the citizens of Delhi must be aware of. It clearly notifies that there can be a serious crackdown on illegal construction in Delhi anytime and it won’t be under the wraps for a long time.
In this article, we will outline the critical points from the “Unified Building Bye Laws for Delhi 2016” that you must know about before doing any construction in Delhi.
Reconstruction related activities
Any building that needs to be reconstructed due to any natural calamity or fire can be reconstructed by the property owner. A property which has been demolished by the government authority due to safety and security reasons can also be reconstructed in compliance with the by-laws. However, in order to do this, the property owner has to do the following:
- The property owner has to get the building plan sanctioned from the local body
- Once the plinth is constructed, the property owner needs to be inform the sanctioning authority to review the construction and make sure that it is done in tandem with the sanctioned plan
Re-development related construction activities
It is completely illegal to do any re-development activity or extend any constructed property with obtaining the prior approval of the concerned local authority. Any construction activity that changes the structure of a building needs to be approved by the local authority such as Municipal Corporation in most cases.
However, if you want to make any internal changes in the building, it can be done keeping in mind the safety standards that must be followed. Normally, the general repairing and renovation needed due to normal wear and tear can be done without any approval from the government. These activities include the following:
- Flooring or re-flooring
- Repairing of the roof
- Plastering, painting and whitewashing
- Construction of sun-shade below 75 cm width on the space falling within the owner’s plot. It must not encroach any public space
- Erection of any damaged structures within the building
- Landscaping within the premises
Basically, as you must have noticed from the above points, that any work which does not impact the structure of the building can be done without prior approval from the government. Also, the property owner must not encroach any public space while doing any repairing and renovation works.
In case you feel that any of your work may result in a structural change in the building, then you must consult an expert engineer or architect and make sure that you are in compliance with all the by-laws.