Lagos State Grants 90-Day Amnesty for Property Owners to Obtain Building Permits

Lagos offers 90-day amnesty for property owners to obtain planning permits, aims to curb illegal structures and promote orderly development amidst ongoing demolitions of structures on drainage channels.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Lagos State Grants 90-Day Amnesty for Property Owners to Obtain Building Permits

Lagos State Grants 90-Day Amnesty for Property Owners to Obtain Building Permits

The Lagos State Government has announced a 90-day amnesty period for property owners and developers to obtain Planning Permit Approvals for existing developments without paying statutory penal fees. The amnesty, which will run from May 2 to July 30, 2024, is aimed at providing relief to the built environment sector amidst the current economic hardships.

According to the state government, applicants are required to submit specific documents, including title deeds, survey plans, architectural drawings, and other supporting documents, through the District Offices of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) or the Electronic Planning Permit (EPP) office. Property owners who complete their payments within 10 working days of the issuance of the bill will be eligible for a 5% discount.

Why this matters: The amnesty program is part of the Lagos State Government's efforts to encourage transparency, curb building collapses, and promote orderly development in the state. By providing property owners with an opportunity to regularize their building documents without penalties, the government aims to address the issue of illegal structures and ensure compliance with building regulations.

The amnesty announcement comes as the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources has commenced the removal of all contravening structures under the System I drainage channel midstream (Odo Iya Alaro) in Ojota and Ogudu . The removal exercise follows the expiration of several contravention notices served on the property owners and is being carried out by the Drainage Enforcement and Compliance (DEC) team with security backup.

In a related development, the state government has also ordered the demolition of security houses above the first floor and called for residents' cooperation on the construction of the Egan-Akesan Road in Alimosho Local Government Area. The government has urged support for the dualisation of the Mushin-NNPC-Apapa-Oshodi Expressway project and introduced new initiatives to streamline the building approval process.

Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, stated during a meeting with affected parties that none of the property owners could provide evidence of titles to the structures built on the drainage right of way. He reiterated that in the absence of valid titles, all the structures on the System I Right of Way would have to be removed, as some property owners continued with construction despite being served contravention notices. The enforcement exercise aims to address the issue of perennial flooding, which has led to damage to properties and fatalities in the state.

Key Takeaways

  • Lagos govt offers 90-day amnesty for property owners to obtain planning permits.
  • Amnesty aims to address illegal structures and promote orderly development.
  • Govt commences demolition of structures on Odo Iya Alaro drainage channel.
  • Govt orders demolition of security houses above first floor in Alimosho LGA.
  • Enforcement exercise aims to address perennial flooding and property damage.