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LASPPPA targets 500,000 fresh entries for building permits

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The Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) yesterday said it plans to bring about 500,000 duly registered new building permit entries into the agency’s data bank within the next 6-months.

General Manager of LASPPPA; Olufunmilayo Osifuye disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos. He explained that LASPPPA is already intensifying sensitisation for people to voluntary approach the agency and process their building permits to guarantee the safety of built sector.

He said; “We want to capture as many houses as possible within the next six months and we are looking up to about 500,000 buildings if time permits us. We are going out for people to see the need for it. We are doing a kind of sensitisation apart from the print media where we have published the information. The conditions on how they could approach us were publicised, what they need to do and what they need to bring to us while coming to us to save their time. We also have our e-portal for the electronic permit portal for people to upload their proposals and building drawing. We want to capture both the fresh and existing building drawings”.

“We want to update our database so that we can have everybody in our control and be able to determine those that do not have the building permit. We are actually after sanity of the built sector. We are looking at safety of the structure whether they are structurally sound or not. Then we will be able advise owners on what they need to do in terms of regularisation and also to be compliable to the laws of Lagos state on buildings as well as planning wise”.

According to him, the state government has been magnanimous by giving all developers 6-months moratorium within which they are expected to regularise and comply with the law.

“The Governor of Lagos State; Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has ordered that the States’ Physical Planning Permit Authority should not collect penal fee for those who have not gotten their Planning Permit for the next 6-months starting from March 1, 2018. They can come to LASPPPA voluntarily, we will definitely appreciate that and for those who does not know, we will go out again to sensitise them so that they can come in and we will do the processing for them”, he stated.
“It is part of our duties to monitor and if necessary to enforce the laws of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority. We have been going out to actually monitor the stability of buildings, see and curry developers that do not building planning approval/ building permit, encourage them to come and process their planning permit covering their property. “


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