If you own a plot of at least 120 sq m and want to build a house, you need to plant a tree to get building plan approved.

The building bylaws also define the nature of trees and the local development authorities ensure that the trees are planted before the building plan is approved

you own a plot of at least 120 sq. m (1,292 sq. ft) and plan to build your own house on the plot, you are required to plant at least one tree before you get the plan sanctioned from the local authority.


The rule

As per the building bylaws, planting of at least one tree is mandatory for a plot measuring around 120 sq. m. For a plot size above 120 sq. m and up to 300 sq. m (3,228 sq. ft), two trees is mandatory. For plots above 300 sq. m, there should be one tree for every 100 sq. m. The building bylaws say that the minimum height of the sapling should be 3.6m at the time of occupancy of the house built.


The building bylaws also define the nature of trees. For most authorities, the term “evergreen” is used. This means that the tree remains green for most part of the year and sheds leaves slowly throughout the year, having a height above 2m, with a well-distinguished trunk.


How is it done?

To get the approval on your building plan, you need to apply to the development authority along with the signed certificate of a registered architect. You also need to give an affidavit on a non-judicial stamp paper of Rs. 10 that proves your ownership of the plot. It should also mention that the plot is vacant and there has been no construction on the land prior to this application. The plan also mentions the location of the tree.

Site inspection: Local development authorities ensure that the trees are planted before the building plan is approved. Only after confirming the existence of trees on the site do they sanction the plan. The building plan is then approved by a number of agencies apart from the city’s development authority.


What should you do if you buy a vacant plot?
If you have bought a vacant plot, which does not have a tree, you can plant a tree the moment you take possession of the plot. After planting the tree, you can proceed with the application procedure.

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