Planning Information is one of the things you need to know about, especially If you are building or developing anything on the Land within Lagos State territory in Nigeria. You should definitely know that there is a law regulating;
What is to be built
How it should be build
Where is it to be built
The objective of these laws is to ensure healthy living for the populace and facilitate a safer, decent and aesthetic community.
There is a particular Law called Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning Law 2019, and this law creates a system by which the use and development of land are managed for the benefit of Lagosians and Nigerians.
The overall aim of the law is to ensure a balance between enabling development and local amenities. The idea is to create a better and balanced environment for people to live, work, play recreate and move around with utmost ease.
This law is under the supervision of the Lagos Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development. The law made it mandatory for every prospective housing developer or home builder within Lagos State territory to always seek Planning Information before commencing any physical development.
#1 Planning Information Explained
Planning information gives information on land use, it will tell you the type of building and development use that can be approved or be built on proposed land. Planning Information will guide developers on the legally assigned use of the subject land in the subject location.
#2 Importance of Planning Information
The government also knows that proper city planning shapes our environment and the way we live, work and recreate with many advantages.
Hence the government, encourage every developer to always seek professional advice before embarking on any physical development in Lagos.
The real essence of Town Planning is not for today, but for tomorrow, and the government does not want anything that will affect or disrupt our physical environment and in turn negatively affect the quality of life and general well-being of the people.
#3 Circumstances that Warrant Planning Information
You will definitely need “Planning Information” if you are carrying out any building, mining or other operation in, on, over or under any land or the making of any material change in the use of any land, building, structure or conversion of Land, building structure from its established or approved use. This includes the so-called temporary structures like marquees, gazebos and containerized constructions.
Planning Information is different from Land Information Certificate.
Do I Really Need a Consultant to apply for Planning Information in Lagos?
No, it is not compulsory to engage a consultant. However, some Real Estate Consultancies and Private Town Planning Agencies specialize in such a process and will be able to advise you on every step; they have strong networks with government departments and other parties involved in Town Planning services, and they can support you with every necessary detail.
Always carry out Planning Information research before you build, it will not only tell you about the approvable use of your Land, but it will also tell you about every necessary document required for your property development project.
There is no developed city that does not have a Building Plan Approval system as to what is to be built, how it should be built and where is to be built. The objective of this guideline is to ensure healthy living for the populace and facilitate a safer, decent and aesthetic community.
For anyone to carryout out any development in many jurisdictions around the world, there is a need to get approval from the authorities in those jurisdictions.
The contents of this article are for informational purposes only. Always do your research and consult the relevant expert before you embark on any physical development project in Nigeria.
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