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How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by cyborgng: 3:24pm On Oct 07, 2016
Processing a building plan approval is one of the most intricate aspects of erecting a structure.

I like to think of building plan thus: Every idea starts with the gift of imagination! However, it has been proven that even the shortest pencil is better than the longest memory. Imagination needs to be captured otherwise it becomes a thing of the past.

They are the first tangible thing that depicts the picture of the buildings we have imagined. Without them, we cannot fully capture or see the reality of that beautiful four bedroom duplex with a swimming pool and a lovely garden or the 100,000sqm of parking space with tons of convenience stores meeting the needs of various individuals.

They are the graphical representation of what a building will look like after construction and also helps in the process of evaluating the cost of erecting such a structure.

In most countries, it is customary to obtain a permit or approval from appropriate authorities and Nigeria is not an exception. A Building plan approval is necessary before construction can commence.

This is to ensure that building complies with building laws and codes and to prevent people from just constructing as they deem fit.

Hence, the very first thing to do when you want to commence construction is to obtain a Development Permit from the Lagos State Government and the office in charge is the Lagos State Physical Planning and Development Authority (LASPPDA), a parastatal under the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.

How to get your building approval:

In get building approval in Lagos, the land in question, where the building is to be erected must first have a certificate of occupancy before your building plan can even be assessed by the appropriate bodies. Also, your land title determines the height and the density you can go, depending on the area the building will be or the kind of building you intend to put up.

Hence, the following documents must be submitted at the point of registration of all applications for building plan approval in line with the State policy on Operation 30 – 30; an acronym for speedy processing/approval of building plan applications:

1. Five (5) sets each of :-
• Architectural Drawings,
• Structural Drawings, with detailing/calculations and letter of structural stability from COREN certfied Engineer.
2. Survey
3. Title Document
4. Tax clearance and Government fee (In the case of individuals); the Government fee only comes to play after your building plan must have been assessed and marked for approval…
Having paid your government fee, site inspection can now be carried out. It is after site inspection, all documents such as tax clearance certificate, title document, receipt of Tenement rate paid to the Government in respect of rateable properties owned by the applicant in Lagos State or Sworn Affidavit in lieu of that, or better still Land use charge rate. This ensures that you pay a development levy of 100 naira.

Furthermore, a team is sent to the site yet again to ensure that the land is still vacant, after which the Site Inspector writes a report. The Charting officer charts while the Site Engineer also performs his duties.

In the case of 1-2 storey buildings, the design is sent to the architect after charting, for clearance.

Architectural design is submitted for inspection to confirm if design is in conformity with the approval standards and order for the area which the land is located.

But, if it the structure is more than a 2-storey building in the design, then a Mechanical and Electrical drawing will be required.

Invariably, the site will also be checked with the immediate environment to see if proposal is in conformity with the existing land use, and if the size of the plot is as presented in the survey plan and design proposal. If the inspection report is satisfactory, the application will then be registered, provided all documents have been submitted.

The processes your building approval application undergoes:

The file is sent to the district officer who transfers it to the vetting officer. The application can then be recommended as long as there are no outstanding.

The District Officer later sends it for concurrent approval.

The file is authorized for registration by the District Officer(D.O) and registered by the clerical officer who assigns the file number and receives all sheets of the drawing submitted.

Provided all relevant documents are submitted, the file is sent to the table of the DO, who sends it to the field officer to include his site sketch and report while another file is opened with all relevant payment receipts and sent to the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service for payment of tax confirmation. If all is well and good, you then declare your tax.

Your file is sent back to the District Officer from the General Manager’s desk for final approval.

A stamp and a seal is put on it.

However in the case of commercial buildings, Institutional applications and some other uses prepared by an Urban and Regional Planner registered by NITP/TOPREC, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is required.

When the EIA gets to the Head Quarters, the department of the EIA will clear it.

After the EIA has been certified, it is attached to the file and sent to the General manager for concurrent approval.

If the application for building plan approval entails a project that goes beyond 2-storey building, then the file will come to the permanent secretary to the government.

When it is beyond 4-storey building, the file is sent to the commissioner.

Also, beyond 6-storey building goes to the governor but in all, it’s the same process except you are doing high rise buildings.

In this case, we will be having 10-20 floors. This requires that you tender a Transport Impact Assessment (TIA) that is handled by the Ministry of Transport.

The recommendation officer’s job is crucial as he/she will go through the entire file to ensure that all requirements in terms of documents and fees have been included in the file.

Finally, the site will be re-visited to confirm that construction has not commenced before recommending to the District Officer for final approval.

All of these can be done for you by your Architect, Surveyor or any other knowledgeable member of your building team. Albeit, we can also process your building plan approval for you in any south western state of Nigeria.
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Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by YerYer: 6:30am On Oct 08, 2016
Very detailed reading. Also budget for bribe money if you want things done fast.

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Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by Realali(f): 6:31am On Oct 08, 2016
Ok o
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by highskies(m): 6:34am On Oct 08, 2016
Correct
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by AroOkigbo(m): 6:35am On Oct 08, 2016
Quite informative and, for me, has come handy.
..at the right time.
Na this kain educative post suppose de flood nairaland.
No be all those "picture of snake killed in my farm" and "Tonto Dike goes braless" equivalent of posts.

OP, one bottle of chilled orijin for you- at your convenience!

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Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by Temmywalex: 6:39am On Oct 08, 2016
Insightful.

Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by joowealth(m): 6:40am On Oct 08, 2016
Ok na. Naijaaaaaaa
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by asarebabson: 6:41am On Oct 08, 2016
OP do u pls av knowledge of abtaining building plan in Ilorin?
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by jossy26: 6:46am On Oct 08, 2016
@op what about the newly lunched lagos epp? do you know about it?
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by femijohn21(m): 6:46am On Oct 08, 2016
Ok
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by kolnel: 6:48am On Oct 08, 2016
Nice one
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by EternalBeing: 6:59am On Oct 08, 2016
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Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by leksmedia: 7:09am On Oct 08, 2016
Very insightful
But how long does it take for a building plan to be approved
How long does it take to process a C of O

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Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by lusen(m): 7:11am On Oct 08, 2016
insightful thread. well detailed! thumbs up! OP.
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by KingRex1(m): 7:14am On Oct 08, 2016
The usual case is that applicants usually commence the building construction immediately after applying for approval without waiting for the approval itself... Reason: approval takes months or a year plus in some cases.

The problem with this is that the plan may never be approved, causing the building to be marked for demolition.

Well, this is very much less risky when u work with professional architects n engineers who are well accustomed with building codes, planning regulations and laws. This way they take every law into consideration while constructing.

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Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by adebayosun02: 7:24am On Oct 08, 2016
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Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by einsteino(m): 7:32am On Oct 08, 2016
buzzz me for your structural drawings
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by sekundosekundo: 7:46am On Oct 08, 2016
AroOkigbo:
Quite informative and, for me, has come handy.
..at the right time.
Na this kain educative post suppose de flood nairaland.
No be all those "picture of snake killed in my farm" and "Tonto Dike goes braless" equivalent of posts.

OP, one bottle of chilled orijin for you- at your convenience!

My dear don't rejoice yet, this process if followed , will frustrate you. It has happened to me. This people can make one cry apart from money spend here and there.
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by Aventures(m): 8:00am On Oct 08, 2016
@OP i think you missed out c of o or governor's consent for Lagos state applicants or is that what you refer to as title documents?
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by loladius: 8:03am On Oct 08, 2016
Hello, what's the procedure for getting this done in Ogun state.
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by sheddy03: 8:20am On Oct 08, 2016
mechanical and electrical drawings should be required even if the building is less than 2floors, its important.
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by Dannyset(m): 8:45am On Oct 08, 2016
It's no longer LASPPDA but LASPPPA. And you can now even get your approval without the C of O. After the approval, you can now proceed to the C of O.
It's still kind of difficult tho!
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by adewaleID: 9:01am On Oct 08, 2016
Nice and educative but we all know this is not the reality. Its a pain process, best to speak to builders and Architect who have gone through the process over and over again grin
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by fm7070: 9:26am On Oct 08, 2016
I will have to go thru this to build my 2rooms in ikorodu. Before i finish omo onile would have sold the land to someone else.

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Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by datopaper(m): 9:40am On Oct 08, 2016
If people follow this rule, get c of o before building your house. No house will stand in abule-egba.
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by obidaddy: 9:49am On Oct 08, 2016
Hello house, please how do i go about the same process in Abuja and Gwagwalada precisley. Please some directions needed.
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by archstyle(m): 10:15am On Oct 08, 2016
asarebabson:
OP do u pls av knowledge of abtaining building plan in Ilorin?

The process is similar in ilorin too... you can contact us, I'm in ilorin, I'm an architect
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by kokumo1949: 10:38am On Oct 08, 2016
Pls U need to give time line . Number of day each process involve will take. A situation where an officer sit on a file should be look into . The various inspections should independently . People seeking approval should not facilitate inspections .
Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by bran1: 11:15am On Oct 08, 2016
@op, In lagos especially on the lekki axis, from 2 storey building upwards requires soil test after which the structural/architectural will be drawn from the findings from the soil test. The soil test is then submitted with the drawings for approval. Building plan approval takes a minimum of 4months.

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Re: How To Get Building Plan Approval In Lagos by igbanbajo(m): 1:20pm On Oct 08, 2016
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