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Lagos opens amnesty window on planning permit for completed buildings

The Lagos State Government has opened an amnesty window on Planning Permit, in the form of a three-month moratorium in penalties on completed buildings without Planning Permits across the state.

Dr. Oluyinka Olumide
Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Oluyinka Olumide

This was contained in a statement issued on Monday, April 15, 2024, by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Physical Planning, Oluwole Sotire.

According to the statement, property owners/ developers of existing (completed) developments without Approvals, can obtain their Planning Permits, otherwise known as Building Plan Approvals, within the stipulated period of May 2 to July 30, 2024, without payment of statutory penalties that usually go with erecting buildings without approval in Lagos State.

To access the amnesty programme, an applicant is expected to submit for assessment, through District Offices of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) in the 57 Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas of Lagos State, and the Electronic Planning Permit (EPP) office at the LASPPPA Headquarters, Oba Akinjobi Way, G.R.A Ikeja, his/her title document or proof of ownership, survey plan, as-built architectural drawings, structural, electrical, and mechanical drawings (where applicable).

Other documents to be submitted for assessment are Non-Destructive Integrity Test Report (where applicable), Letter of structural stability and indemnity (where applicable), Land Use Planning Analysis Report, evidence of tax compliance, and other supporting documents, where applicable.

The amnesty programme, which is part of measures of the Lagos State Government to cushion the effect of current economic hardships on the built environment sector, also offers additional relief of 5% discount on payments completed within 10 working days during the amnesty period.

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