(1) All the developments in the City like (i) Building
construction for various purposes such as residential,
Commercial (Commercial Complexes, Hospitals except
Theatres), industrial and School buildings etc. (ii) Sub
divisions of plots where the No. of plots are less than 8
plots and extent of the land is less than 3000 meter square
(iii) Layouts of lands which can't be covered by
sub-division, are needs to be approved by two acts called
T&CP Act(Tamil Nadu Act 35 of 1972, 1974) and CCMC Act.
Section 56 of T&CP Act & Sections 234 & 238 of CCMC Act are
the sections which necessitates of getting approval for all
the developments in the city.
(2) For the city the above two acts are being enforced by
two different departments (i) CMDA (ii) Chennai Corporation.
CMDA is enforcing the T&CP Act by rules called Development
Control Rules and the Chennai Corporation is enforcing CCMC
Act governed by building Rules revised upto 1972.
(3) Chennai Corporation is issuing building permits to all
the buildings including CMDA`s special buildings,
multi-storey buildings and layouts after taking over the
land left over for road portion and the land reserved for
open space reservation etc. after the planning permits
issued by CMDA.
(4) In addition to the above building permits the Chennai
Corporation, Town Planning Dept. is issuing planning permits
also by enforcing T&CP Act following Development Control
Rules under the delegation powers given by CMDA for certain
categories (i) ordinary buildings in residential i.e. the
buildings with Ground + one floor with four dwelling units
(4 Kitchens) (ii) ordinary buildings in commercial i.e
Ground Floor + One Floor within 3000 sq. meter (iii)
Industrial and School buildings of unlimited area and (iv)
sanctioning layouts upto 2 hectares.
(5) The Chennai Corporation is sanctioning both planning
permit and building permits for only the categories
mentioned in para 4. Applications can be ade for these
categories in the respective zonal offices of Corporation of
(6) In view of making it convenient to the public to get
their plan sanctioned in their local area itself now all the
sanctioning processes are being decentralized to the
respective Zones of Corporation of Chennai. Hence all the
applicants or Licensed Surveyors can apply their
applications in their respective Zones for all type of
applications which comes under purview of the Corporation of
(7) Also to make the processing of the applications easier
the whole system of processing of files are computerized.
Due to this the applicants can apply the application in
short time by giving a filled data sheet with required
particulars and can obtain the computerized acknowledgement
immediately. Since every stage of the processing of the
applications are being entered in the Computer the
applicants can see the various stages of their applications
in the online itself by referring the application Nos.
allotted to them. Integrated Nos. are being allotted for the
whole Corporation in series as per, application type wise
like Planning Permission Application (PPA), Demolition
application (DA) and Sub-division application (SD) etc. On
seeing the stage of the application in the online according
to the stage, the applicants can react immediately i.e if
the stage is that the plan is pending due to calling some
details the applicant can furnish the reply for the queries
raised in the " letter to party" immediately or if it is
sanctioned, the advice to pay the necessary fees will be
available on the system, so that the applicant can make the
payment immediately and get the computerized permit copies