Chandigarh to make fire NOC for basements in houses to be mandatory
The Chandigarh administration is set to make no objection certificate (NOC) mandatory for basements in residential buildings to ensure fire safety norms are complied with.
According to the National Building Code (NBC), the NOC is mandatory for basements – both in commercial and residential buildings — having area more than 200 square metre. At present in Chandigarh, NOC is required only for basements in commercial buildings. The authorities have now decided to make NOC mandatory for residential basements and the provision will be added in the newly notified Chandigarh Building Rules (Urban) 2017.
Once implemented, residents having basement of more than 200 square metre will be required to apply for the certificate along with prescribed fee to the UT building branch, which will refer the plan to the chief fire officer for obtaining clearance in respect of the basement constructed within the prescribed coverage norms.
The plan should indicate the complete fire protection arrangements and the means of access\escape. As per the laid down norms, the basements should have two staircase for providing access and exit and equipped with firefighting system such as fire alarm, sprinkler, and smoke\heat detection system. At present, majority of the basements have just one staircase and lack firefighting equipment. The basement should be properly lighted and ventilated having windows of the minimum area within 1/10th of the total floor area. Basement should not be constructed beyond the zoned area. No basement is allowed in booths.