How RAJUK Approves Building Plans?

If a developer company or an individual property owner wishes to construct building in Dhaka city, permission from the concerned government authority is required to begin construction. In Dhaka city, RAJUK- Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha has the development authority of the capital and approves building design and plan before the start of a project. Although the approval process is a bureaucratic and lengthy process, here is a guideline for the RAJUK Plan approval procedure.

Town Planning Clearance

At first, a Town Planning Clearance application has to be filled and submitted for Land Use Clearance as per RAJUK Town Planning in different areas of Dhaka Metropolitan city. The documents required for this clearance includes:

1. 3 copies of 15cm x 20 cm showing site map plan A in mouza map of location signed by the applicant.

2. Receipt of required Government fee deposited.

After this, a site inspection is carried out by RAJUK and a report with site related information is given to the Town Planning section. The site related information includes:

·         Location of land

·         Land use within 250meter radius of land

·         Name and width of nearest main road

·          Name and width of nearest road connecting plot

·         Existence of following within 250 m of the plot- main road, market, station, airport, historical structure, river terminal, etc

·         Average road benchmark elevation

·         Land use around north, south, east, west sides of land

·         Other important information

After thorough study of the report by the Town Planner, permission is given to the developer company or applicant for a 24-month period during which plan has to be submitted to RAJUK.

If a project is considered special or big which is determined by the Town Planner, additional information apart from the above-mentioned ones has to be provided for clearance. The additional information includes:

·         Proposed development

·         Total land area

·         Maximum ground coverage

·         Total floor area

·         Total number of floors above plinth

·         Total number of basements

·         Total number of apartments for residential properties

·         Total floor area

·         Number of existing structures within the area

·         Approximate total electricity requirement

·         Approximate total water consumption

·         Proposed project development time in months with number of phases and duration of each phase

·         Covered area of each floor of each type of use in a table

Along with the above information, the following documents are also required

·         Purchase ownership deed

·         Relevant deed and permission if plot has been government allotted

·         Receipt of payment of required fee

·         FAR calculation

·         Documents and drawings as per requirement

·         Town Planning Clearance, if required

Similar to non-special projects, the report is scrutinized by Town Planner, after which permission is granted with a validity of 24 months during which plan has to be submitted to RAJUK.

If the building to be constructed is more than 10 storied or above 33 meter in height, then for RAJUK plan approval, Departmental Clearance from following 10 authorities are required by applying in plain paper with location details and related drawings.

·         Department of power division (DPDC) for electrical load requirement

·         Water and sewage authority WASA for water consumption requirement

·         Titas gas & Transmission authority for gas requirement

·         Fire service for fire safety drawing clearance

·         Civil aviation for building height permission

·         Dhaka traffic control authority

·         Dhaka City Corporation

·         Department of environment

·         DCC Ward Commissioner

·         Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP)

Plan Approval

After receiving Town Planning Clearance and all the other Departmental Clearances, another application of RAJUK has to be submitted to concerned officer/ committee of RAJUK for approval along with the required fee. The application requires the following data:

  • Name of applicant
  • Present address
  • Type of use of proposed building
  • Details of proposed land with area
  • Details of type of use with area
  • Measurements of plot in all four sides with location of North, South, East, West in meters
  • Total floor area of proposed project
  • Number of apartments per floor for residential properties
  • Number of floors above plinth
  • Basement covered with percentage of land area
  • Floor area of different types of use
  • Width of adjacent roads in front, rear, left and right side
  • Details of existing structure if present
  • Set back length in meter on front, rear, left and right side.

The documents required are:

·         Purchase/Gift/Exchange Deed of land

·         Allotment Deed, if allotted by Government

·         Receipt of payment of required fee

·         FAR calculation

·         Documents and drawings as per requirement

·         Land Town Planning clearance

·         Special project clearance, if required

·         Indemnity Bond, if required

·         Soil test report, if required

·         Required plan, elevation, section

·         No objection certificate of other departments, if required.

After relevant data along with documents have been submitted, concerned inspector carries out site inspection and provides detailed report to the concerned authority. The concerned officer then presents the documents to the “Building Construction” committee with recommendations required for plan approval.

After satisfactory fulfillment of all the requirements, the committee members of RAJUK approves the drawing with detail number and reference and delivers the approval to the Developer Company or applicant.

When you buy an apartment in Dhaka, you should ensure that the apartment has RAJUK plan approval. However, plan approval is not enough to guarantee that the building has been constructed as per rules and regulations as some developer companies may construct properties violating the rules and regulations. So apart from checking RAJUK plan approval, you should also be aware of developer company’s ethics and ideology and reliability in real estate sector to ensure your home is a safe haven.