Chandigarh plans to introduce scrutiny fee to be charged from owners
Chandigarh administration has proposed a hike in different types of existing fee and is also planning to introduce scrutiny fee to be charged from owners. By notifying Chandigarh Building Rules (Urban) 2017, the administration has made self-certification mandatory for commercial building – shop-cum-flats (SCFs), shop-cum-offices (SCOs), booths, service shops and bay shops – which are governed by architectural control sheets. In case of industrial plots, the benefit is available for plots up to 1,000 square yards.
The owners will have to make the payment in form of demand draft favouring UT estate officer. For commercial booths, service shops and bay shops, authorities have proposed a hike in security fee from Rs 1,500 to Rs 5,000, while in case of SCO, SCF and industrial plots, the fee has been enhanced from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000. Compounding fee, charged when the owner make minor sanctionable changes in the building plan, has been increased from Rs 500 per change to Rs 2000 per change. The owners will also be charged with additional area fee at the rate of Rs 500 per square feet, besides labour cess at the rate of 1% of cost of construction.
According to the Chandigarh Building Rules (Urban), 2017, the owners will have to submit a self-certification, stating the construction complied with building rules, including zoning and architectural control, and give a 15-day notice to authorities for granting approval, along with requisite fees. Owners can start construction after the lapse of the 15-day notice period. But if violations are spotted by the enforcement staff at any stage of construction, the owner will be subjected to penal action. The certificate will be valid for period of five years. In case the owner or registered architect submits a wrong report while submitting application, the plan will be cancelled and the owner and architect will be held responsible.