How To Apply For Building Permit In Kerala

A building permit is the mandatory approval document needed to build a building in Kerala. Securing building permits in Kerala is an orderly process if rightly done it will be a smooth process.

What are the necessary steps involved in the process of obtaining a building permit?

Following are the necessary steps involved in the process of obtaining a building permit.

Property Sketch– The very first stage is to purchase a plot which you prefer and to construct the building of your dreams.

We strongly advise consulting your Architect before acquiring the plot since he can give you many valuable inputs concerning the particular plot and the feasibility of constructing a building.

After verifying the relevant documents of the land and once the purchase of land is done a site plan shall be drawn covering the essential points listed below.

  • Site Layout
  • Building elevation
  • Sections
  • Site plan (plot width, setbacks, Roads)
  • Floor plan (Showing all floors)
  • Terrace plan
  • Details of the Septic Tank
  • Details Soak pit
  • Details of Portable Water Tanks
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Location plan

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In brief, it shall comply with the Kerala Municipality Building Rules (KMBR) or according to the laws of the Authority under which your property comes.

An application for a building permit in Kerala should contain the below listed supplementary details.

Site location – including details of Village/Taluk/District, survey number and resurvey no of the property, ward number, extent (in arcs and cents) etc.

Purpose of the proposed building – Whether it will be used for residential or commercial applications.

Area of the Proposed building – Total area, Coverage, FAR (Floor Area Ratio is computed as the ratio of the total floor area on all floors to the plot area), Plinth and carpet area of all floors including that of the car porch.

Drawings – An index list of all the drawings and documents which have been submitted, Scale of the drawing, Number of total sheets, Date, Names of Draftsman / Architect, Permit area, Joinery schedule etc.

Property Documents Required For Obtaining the Building Permit?

Possession certificate

A possession certificate is issued through Akshaya centres. The supporting documents to be uploaded are an Aadhaar Card, the latest land tax receipts, proof of ownership of property, an Encumbrance certificate and Voters ID.

Once the prescribed fees are paid the certificate will be issued to you in a week.

Latest Land Tax Receipts

The property tax receipt is issued from the revenue department after submission of the proper documents and payment of fees. For land tax receipts one can likewise visit the online portal of the Revenue Department of Kerala.

Original and Copy of the Deed Or “Aadharam”

Registration papers are enough to prove the ownership of your property.

The next process is to get an online approval which is issued by the local self-governing body under whose jurisdiction you belong. (Panchayat, Municipality or Corporation).

Application for a building permit can be submitted by a licensee (Architect, a licenced draftsman or a licenced engineer) in the prescribed format through the relevant local self-governing body’s website.

Submission of Hard copy Building Permit application (licensee)

Once the licencee has completed the e-filling for the building permit an acknowledgement certificate will be issued.

Along with this acknowledgement certificate, the following hard copies of various papers should be made into a file and submitted to the local self-governing body office at the earliest.

List of documents for a Building permit application.

  • Possession certificate original
  • Latest land tax receipts
  • Copy of the “Aadharam”
  • Land sketch – (3 copies)
  • Copy of Architect’s or Licensee’s licence
  • On-line acknowledgement certificate

Once the file containing these documents is submitted to the local self-governing body. The relevant original documents will be verified and you will be subsequently issued with a file number for your application.

Building Inspector’s Site Inspection and Verification

The assigned building inspector(BI) will visit your property and verify the authenticity of the data provided via your application and later submit a detailed report to the assistant engineer (AE).

Verification by the AE(assistant engineer)

The AE will then conduct another round of verification and submit the report with his remarks to the assistant executive engineer (AXE).

Approval of the application

The assistant executive engineer has the liberty to approve or reject the application. For larger buildings like shopping complexes and other commercial buildings, there will be more rigorous checks and would require further approvals. The rules differ from type to type and classification of buildings.

Fee payment and the issue of Building Permit

Once the attestations are done and approval is given for the applications which full fill the criteria. The prescribed fees are then paid and will be issued with the requested building permit, normally it will be sent to your registered address.

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