The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is in the process of accepting building plan and relevant documents online with the introduction of the Building Plan Approval and Management System (BPAMS) with set deadlines for approvals: 15 days for smaller projects at the zonal level and 30 days for large projects at the city level. This New Process might be initiated soon.
There were innumerable complaints from the citizens regarding the sanction/approval of building plan and with the proposed online approval, there may not be any more delays, but, subject to the submission of all the relevant documents.
With the introduction of submission of application and the relevant documents for approval, the issuance of Commencement Certificates (CC) and Occupancy Certificates will be faster and the relevant fees can be paid online.
The countdown to the deadline begins once the applicant, whether engineer or builder, upload all relevant documents. Each stage of file clearance has been a awarded a stipulated time in the software. Once the deadline for that stage passes, the official will be locked out of the file and the file moved to the next level.
At present civic officials do not inform applicants of spot inspections. In the new BPAMS, the engineering staff have to inform the builder and engineer of spot inspection via SMS and upload the inspection report within 48 hours, which can be accessed by the applicant online. Buildings coming up in BDA, BMICPA approved layouts, projects for which development plans are approved by BDA are exempt from spot inspections. The approved plans, CC and OC will be mailed to the applicant engineers and builders, after they pay the fee online. Hard copies and manual issual of the same has been banned.
BBMP propose to move out of plan sanctioning for all 30×40 and 40×60 plots and buildings, and instead adopt a ‘trust and verify’ model along the lines of the Self Assessment Scheme followed in property taxes. This system allows property owners to assess their properties themselves.
Deviation and Violation
Under this model, registered architects and engineers (for 30feet X 40 feet and 40 feet X 60 feet – residential sites) can approve the plans themselves in accordance with the building bye-laws.
BBMP officials will make verifications during spot inspections to check for any violations.