Building Plan Approval Requirements and Processes in Nigeria
Are you proposing a building project in any of these Nigerian cities?
This post contains very important information; data that will help you avoid unnecessary stress and waste of time and hard-earned resources.
You already know that lands within Nigeria’s territorial boundaries are constitutionally vested in the Governors of our respective states and that we have varying rules, regulations, codes, and laws that guide the design and construction of buildings within these “territories”. What is obtainable in Lagos may not apply in Abuja, Port Harcourt, and so on.
To make sure you do not encounter stress in your approval process, below is a compilation of building plan approval requirements on these states respectively, Abuja, Lagos, and Port Harcourt.
Requirements for Building Plan Approval in Abuja
- Make an application on prescribed application forms obtainable from the authority.
- Attach photocopies of title documents; Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), Right of occupancy (R of O), Titled Deed Plan (TDP), etc.
- Prepared plans on standard A3 size in 3 copies, drawn to scale of not less than 1:500 site plan.
- Floor plans of 1:200 and 1:100 architectural drawings.
- 3 copies of structural, mechanical, and electrical drawings.
- Site analysis report.
- Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA).
- All plans are to be sealed by relevant professionals and submitted in both hard and soft copies.
- All applications with respect to petroleum filling stations, private hospitals, hotels, etc shall be accompanied by a letter of licenses of the authority regulating that activity.
- Whenever approval is granted construction should commence within 2 years, otherwise, the developer applies for validation.
- The developer is to apply for setting out approval when the foundation is made and obtain the setting out approval before continuing with further development.
Requirements for Building Plan Approval in Lagos
Crosscheck architectural drawings for the following Design Errors;
- Cross ventilation.
- Proper scaling.
- Rooms should not be less than 3m x 3.6m.
- Legibility of lines
- Pre-vet documents with District Officer (DO)
- Make payment at the bank with revenue code and agency code.
- Read and follow all advice given.
- Confirm receipt at the accounts department, District Office.
- Prepare for site reconnaissance by District Officer.
- Submit all documents which include:
- 5 sets of sealed architectural drawings. See attached link on the need for registered architects.
- 5 sets of sealed structural drawings and calculation sheets.
- 5 sets of mechanical and electrical drawings.
- Letter of supervision from COREN registered Engineers.
- Certificate of Occupancy.
- Clearance letter from LUAC.
- Confirmation letter from lands, or Consent.
- Clearance letter from Housing, Fire, Transportation, and Drainage.
- Confirmation letter from NTDA.
- Evidence of payment of Ground Rent.
- Soil test report.
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
- Survey Plan (5 copies and 1 original).
- Tenement rate receipt.
- Passport photograph of the applicant.
- Electronic tax clearance of applicant (with a copy of last tax payment receipt).
- Development levy receipt.
- Evidence of payment of assessment fees.
- Site photographs.
The following is included if the applicant is a company
- Two directors’ tax clearance.
- Most recent company tax clearance.
- Evidence of pay as you go as a company
Requirements for Building Plan Approval in Port Harcourt
- Put ARCON stamps and append your signature on the first set of drawings.
- Make six (6) photocopies from the stamped original drawing.
- Put the ARCON seal on all the copies.
- Submit four (4) sets of drawings (photocopies) to the secretariat for approval.
- Keep one copy as a consultant’s copy.
- Submit one copy to the client.
- The following documents must be attached:
- Structural calculation sheet.
- Soil test report.
- CVs of consultant Electrical, Mechanical and Structural Engineers.
- Architect’s Practice License (photocopy) covers for Architect’s CV.
- Site analysis Report and Plan (SAR&P).
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). This applies if the building is to be used for commercial purposes.
- Workmen compensation.
- Charting report of a building plan.
- Evidence of C of O (certificate of occupancy) from RIVGIS
Why Your Building Plan Approval Take Long to Be Approved in Lagos & Other States
The following are the reasons why your building plan approval take long to be approved in Lagos & other states;
- Having charting land: Charting is a situation whereby a surveyor from the planning office is assigned to check the status of the land, i.e ascertain the type of Land-use(e.g commercial, residence, or farming). Also to know if the land is under government acquisition.
- Not pre-screening your drawings before submitting to approval: pre-screening is when your architectural drawings, structural, electrical, or mechanical drawings are checked by the government specialist to know if the drawings meet the requirements or not. If the drawing didn’t meet the requirements, they will simply comment on it and call you to pick up your drawing. After all the necessary corrections you will have to submit it again. Once the drawings pass the requirements, the approval will not go beyond four(4) to six(6) weeks.
- Documents issue: when you don’t have correct documents like C of O, tax clearance certificate.
- Not following up: you will have to follow up with the person in charge from time to time. That is to say, there is a need to collect some contact details. You need to have at least one person that will give you information about the approval process.
Sample of full drawings and documentation of proposed building approval
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