27 requirements to obtain building permit in Lagos

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Lagos Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Oluyinka Olumide, has advised property owners and developers to get planning licenses before beginning work and adhere to the terms of their permissions.

He spoke to tackle the widespread contempt for physical planning regulations across the state, vowing that no sacred cows would be spared in the application of the law to the benefit of a living and sustainable built environment.

Here are the documents required when applying for building approval:

1. Five original copies of architectural drawings duly stamped and sealed with a stamp endorsed by the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON). 

2. Five original copies of structural drawings duly signed, sealed and dated together with a letter of supervision from an engineer registered with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), confirming that the building is constructed according to good standards and under the supervision of the engineer who will be responsible for any failures or defects on the project
3. Calculation sheet for the materials to be used for the project, duly signed by the COREN registered engineer
4. Evidence of payment of assessment fees due on the application
5. Five Original copies of the mechanical and electrical drawings (if applicable)
6. Certified true copy of title documents (i.e. certificate of occupancy, registered conveyance, governor’s consent or letter of allocation)
7. Confirmation/Clearance letter from the Lands Bureau if title documents are being processed by the Lands Bureau (if applicable)
8. Clearance letter from the Land Use Allocation Committee (LUAC) (if applicable)
9. Fire safety clearance letter from Lagos State Fire Service (if applicable)
10. Metroline corridor clearance letter from Lagos State Ministry of Transport (if applicable)
11. Traffic impact assessment report from the Lagos State Ministry of Transport (if applicable)
12. Drainage clearance letter from the Office of Drainage Services, Lagos State Ministry of Environment (if applicable)
13. Copy of a confirmation letter from New Towns Development Authority (if applicable)
14. Soil test report (if applicable)

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15. Environmental impact assessment report from the Office of Environmental Services, Lagos State Ministry of Environment (if applicable)
16. Letter of structural stability/integrity report duly signed by a COREN registered engineer (in case of a construction/renovation of an existing building)
17. Physical Planning Technical Report from the Physical Development Intervention Department of LASPPPA (if applicable).
18. Clearance letter from the Nigerian Air and Civil Aviation (if applicable)
19. Clearance letter from LASURA (if applicable)
20. An original sun-print survey plan
21. Tenement rate or land use charge receipt, or sworn affidavit as to payment in lieu of receipts
22. 2 passport photographs of the applicant(s)
23. Copy of current tax clearance certificate or evidence of updated personal income tax payment of the applicant(s) or tax clearance certificate of 2 directors if applicant is a company
24. Evidence of Pay As You Earn (P.A.Y.E) returns (where applicant is a company)
25. Copy of certificate of incorporation (where the applicant is a company)
26. Development levy receipt
27. Site photograph

Source: The Nation Newspaper

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