Are you proposing a building project in any of these Nigerian cities?
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This document contains very important information; data that will help you avoid unnecessary stress and waste of hard earned resources.
You already already know that lands within Nigeria’s territorial boundaries are constitutionally vested in the Governors of our respective states, and that we have varying rules, regulations, codes and laws that guide the design and construction of buildings within these “territories”. What is obtainable in Lagos may not apply in Kano, and so on.
To make sure you do not encounter stress in your approval process, below is a compilation of building plan approval requirements around Nigeria. You do not know where your next brief will come from.
- Make application on prescribed application forms obtainable from the authority.
- Attach photocopies of title documents; Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), Right of occupancy (R of O), Titled Deed Plan (TDP), etc.
- Prepared plans on standard A3 size in 3 copies, drawn to scale of not less than 1:500 site plan
- Floor plans of 1:200 and 1:100 architectural drawings
- 3 copies of structural, mechanical, and electrical drawings.
- Site analysis report
- Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA)
- All plans are to be sealed by relevant professionals and submitted in both hard and soft copies.
All applications in respect to petroleum filling stations, private hospitals, hotels, etc shall be accompanied with letter of licenses of the authority regulating that activity.
Whenever approval is granted construction shall commence within 2 years, otherwise developer applies for validation.
Developer is to apply for setting out approval when foundation is made, and obtain the setting out approval before continuing with further development.
- Crosscheck architectural drawings for the following Design Errors;
Rooms should not be less than 3m x 3.6m
Legibility of lines
- Pre-vet documents with District Officer (DO)
Make payment at bank with revenue code and agency code. Read and follow all advice given.
Confirm receipt at accounts department, District Office.
Prepare for site reconnaissance by District Officer
Submit all documents
5 sets of sealed architectural drawings. See attached link on the need for registered architects
5 sets of sealed structural drawings and calculation sheets’
5 sets of mechanical and electrical drawings
Letter of supervision from COREN registered Engineers
Certificate of Occupancy
Clearance letter from LUAC
Confirmation letter from lands, or Consent
Clearance letter from Housing, Fire, Transportation and Drainage. See link also for Fire Outbreak in Port Harcourt
Confirmation letter from NTDA
Evidence of payment of Ground Rent
Soil test report
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
Survey Plan (5 copies and 1 original)
Tenement rate receipt
Passport photograph of applicant
Electronic tax clearance of applicant (with copy of last tax payment receipt)
Development levy receipt
Evidence of payment of assessment fees
The following is included if applicant is a company
Two directors’ tax clearance
Most recent company tax clearance
Evidence of pay as you go of company
- Put ARCON stamps and append your signature on the first set of drawings
- Make six (6) photocopies from the stamped original drawing
- Put the ARCON seal on all the copies
- Submit four (4) sets of drawings (photocopies) to the secretariat for approval.
- Keep one copy as consultant’s copy
- Submit one copy to the client.
- The following documents must be attached
- Structural calculation sheet
- Soil test report
- CVs of consultant Electrical, Mechanical and Structural Engineers
- Architect’s Practice License (photocopy) covers for Architect’s CV
- Site analysis Report and Plan (SAR&P)
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). This applies if building is to be used for commercial purposes
- Workmen compensation
- Charting report of building plan
- Evidence of C of O (certificate of occupancy) from RIVGIS
We hope this helps