Occupancy certificate will not be mandatory for buildings which come up on plots up to 100 square metres with height up to seven metres. The exemption is given to small builders as occupancy certificate (OC) is directly linked to electricity and water connections.
The amendments were incorporated in the new GO on Building Rules issued by the Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) department on Saturday.
Also, civic bodies like Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), which releases building permissions, should communicate the approval or refusal of occupancy certificate within 15 days. If any officer fails to communicate, the civic body could initiate action against the officer. The GO said occupancy certificate might be issued to owners after collecting compounding fees, if there are any minor violations and deviations from the sanctioned plan.
For high-rise buildings, the OC should be released by the civic body after inspection and getting fire ‘No Objection Certificate’ from the AP State Disaster Response and Fire Services department. Until now, the town planning wing used to give OC without fire NOC. Two buildings where fire accidents were reported recently found to be having OC sans fire NOC.
The MA&UD department has also prepared a pro forma for commencement notice, completion notice and occupancy certificate by giving more clarity. The pro forma have been prepared so that a civic body could also receive them online.
Environmental impact assessment provisions have also been incorporated in the new buildings rules. As per the GO, buildings and construction projects that come up in 20,000 sq metres area and 1,50,000 sq metres of built up area and township areas development projects covering an area of 50 hectares and or building up areas of above 1,50,000 sq metres should get environmental impact assessment.
Director of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) B Purushottam Reddy said awareness programmes and meetings would be conducted across the state soon for licenced architects, town planning staff on changes in the buildings rules, especially on setbacks and road widths.