By Maduka Nweke

The Lagos State government has published the building planning permit rules that would give approval to those who intend to build in the state.

While recently unveiling the new rule that would affect those building and intendees, the Lagos State Governor,  Babajide Sanwo-Olu, also approved a window of amnesty  of waiver on the payment of penal fees on all existing and ongoing physical developments without  planning permit within the state, as part of palliative measures to ameliorate the economic hardship faced by Lagos residents.

According to the rule, the amnesty period is expected to last 90 days, starting from April 1 to June 30, 2024. It said; “Owners/developers of such developments are enjoined to take advantage of this gesture to submit their applications to the district office of Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) closer to them and Electronic Planning Permit (epp) at the LASPPPA HQ for the processing of planning permit.

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“Applicants are expected to submit the following relevant documents; Title document / proof of ownership, survey plan, architectural drawings, structural, electrical and mechanical drawings (where applicable). Non-destructive integrity test report (where applicable), letter of structural stability and indemnity (where applicable), land use planning analysis report and statutory fee. Applicant must also be tax compliant.

“In the case of corporate bodies, the following are required: submission of at least two director’s tax, form C07-particulars of directors, certificate of incorporation, and resolution of the board of directors of the company. In the case of incorporated trustees, there has to be particulars of the Board of Trustees of the church/mosque.

“It is important to note that every application will be treated on its merit in compliance with the prevailing operative development plans as stipulated in the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law, 2019 as amended, and the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Regulations 2019.”