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Business News of Thursday, 30 December 2021


Stakeholders advise on processes of constructing property in Lagos

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Are you planning to construct a property in Lagos? There are various steps you need to follow for safety and regulations in the state. These include but not limited to these enumerated by building construction experts in Lagos State.

Once you are embarking on a building project within Nigeria, particularly in Lagos State, the under-listed are the required documents which you should submit upon completion of your application form.

According to Mr. Ayo Banji, an Architect practising in Lagos, before going forward to seeking approval documents, you must first of all conceive the idea and know whether it is going to be a bungalow or a storey/stairs building.
You must be able to know the location of choice. A location plan prepared by a relevant professional registered to practise in Nigeria covering a radius of about 250mm of the proposed site development. The plan should include adjacent developments, name of roads and other landmarks so sufficient to locate the development. It should be at a scale of 1:500.

Contact a certified architect who is aware of Lagos State building plan approval peculiarities to prepare a design and plan for you. He must be able to follow the listed tips like; Ensure that the rooms are cross-ventilated; Room sizes must not be less than 3m x 3.6m; Ensure that the scaling is correct; then use legible lines.

He said that there three copies of physical planning technical report of the proposed development. For an existing development, an audit report is required by a town planner registered to practice in Nigeria mostly for developers. Three copies of Environmental Impact assessment(EIA) report where the development for industrial, commercial and institutional complexes etc.

Make enquiries to ascertain if the area is already sized by government for a future projects. One sun print survey plan signed by a surveyor registered to practice in Nigeria. The survey plan shall show access to the existing or proposed access to the site and shall be submitted with a photocopy each at the back of the five block of plans.

Seek information about the building of choice, contact the right contractors, then, the main documents that give the building approval. A photocopy of the current tax clearance certificate and development levy in case of an individual. PAYE certificate and tax clearance of at least two of its directors, company certificate of incorporation and income tax certificate. Photocopies of the receipt of processing fee paid and other charges.

Evidence of ownership of the land on which the proposed building is to be developed. If a State land, photocopy of receipts of payments of relevant land charges with letter of clearance issued by lands bureau.

According to Mr. Kunle Awobodu, a President of the Nigeria Builders Association, for you to commence building that will sustain, you must get demand notice from the District Officer before you make payment.

Awobodu noted that before all these, you also must have sent your architectural drawings, building plan, title documents and survey plan to the district office for assessment and vetting, after which they will be in line for approval. After getting an official government assessment and endorsement of your design, you’ll pay a fee based on your proposed building design. Make the payment at the bank. Carefully read and follow the instructions on the Payment Advice.

The Payment Advice contains the Revenue Code and Agency Code that you will use to fill the bank teller; Avoid paying into the wrong account or using an incorrect code; Avoid time wastage due to the issuance of a receipt; Paying cash is faster than paying with cheques; Use any bank with fast internet connectivity.