India

Dealing with Construction Permits in

Hyderabad - India

Below is a detailed summary of the procedures, time and costs to build a warehouse. This includes obtaining necessary licenses and permits, completing required notifications and inspections and obtaining utility connections.

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No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Obtain a sanctioned land use permission (layout) of the plot from Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) (Municipal)

According to the Layout Rules, the building company must obtain sanctioned layout plans from the GHMC. To apply, the building company submits Form A, along with ownership details and drawing plans to the Planning Department. The fees for this procedure are as per the schedule of town-planning charges and fees effective 01-07-08: a. Up to 2 acres, INR 600 per copy; b. For every additional acre of land, INR 150 per copy.
2 days INR 600 (flat fee up to 2 acres)
2 Apply for building permit and pay initial fee at the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) (Municipal)

When applying for the building permit, the building company must submit the following documents to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation: a. Building application duly signed by the owner, builder, architect, and engineer; b. Declaration forms duly signed by the owner and attested by the Gazette Officer; c. Copy of architect or engineer’s license; d. Town survey record from MRO or approved layout; e. Previous sanctioned plan (if applicable); f. Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) clearance for above 1,000 square meters land plot (does not apply in our case); g. ULC affidavit (below 1000 square meters); h. Ownership documents (two sets attested by the Gazette Officer); I. Up-to-date property tax receipt; j. Non-judicial stamp paper; k. Building plans (1+5 copies) duly signed by owner, architect, structural engineer. Fire NOC is required for buildings higher than 15 meters. Building permit fees for commercial, institutional, industrial and other buildings are as per the following schedule: a. up to 200 square meters of plot area: INR 50 per square meter of built-up area; b. 201-500 square meters of plot area: INR 90 per square meter of built-up area; c. 501-750 square meters of plot area: INR 100 per square meter of built-up area; d. above 750 square meters: INR 120 per square meter of built-up area; e.High-rise buildings: INR 150 per square meter or built-up area. 2% of the building-permit fees shall be paid along with the building application, subject to a maximum of INR 10,000 as initial fees. The balance of the building-permit fee together with other fees shall be levied and collected before the issuance of permission/sanction. The GHMC website www.ghmc.gov.in provides all relevant information online: building-permission-process details, building-fee schedule, status of the application, approved plans, application forms, list of licensed architects, as well as all relevant laws. The suthority has also posted a model building plan that provides guidelines for other applicants .
1 day INR 3,121 (2% of the building permit fee of INR 120 per square meter)
3 Obtain approval of plans (building permit) and pay final fees at the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) (Municipal)

After the application has been approved, the GHMC informs the building company of the remaining charges to be paid, which include the remaining balance of the building-permit fee (98%) and the following other charges: a. Betterment charges for internal and external amenities for commercial, institutional, industrial, and other buildings of INR 175 per square meter of plot area; b. Rain-water harvesting charges of INR 8 per square meter of built-up area for all categories of buildings. Payment occurs when the permit is issued.
28 days INR 390,960 (98% of the building permit fees of INR 120 per square meter + betterment charges of INR 175 per square meter + water harvesting fee INR 8 per square meter of built up area)
4 Receive inspection from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) (Municipal)

The building company must notify the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation about commencement of foundation, basement, and roof work. After being notified, engineers from the GHMC inspect the site on several occasions. In the case of a low-rise construction of buildings below 15 m in height, one inspection will usually takes place during the construction.
1 day No cost
5 Apply for permanent electricity connection with A.P. Central Power Distribution Company (State)

To apply for the electricity connection, the building company submits an application form to the executive engineer of A.P. Central Power Distribution Company along with the following documents: a. Site plan; b. Certificate of incorporation; c. MOA and AOA. The application form is available for INR 25 either online at www.aptransco.gov.in or at the designated customer-service centre for the warehouse's. The building company has to pay a refundable security deposit of INR 1,000 per kW. Fifty percent of these charges are payable when applying.
1 day INR 25 (flat application fee)
* 6 Apply for water and sewerage connections from Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) (Municipal)

The building company can apply for the water and sewerage connections at the "Single-Window Cell" at the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Board. It submits the application form along with a fee of INR 500, ownership documents, land details, copy of property tax, and the building-plan approval.
1 day INR 500 (flat application fee)
* 7 Apply for telephone connection from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) (National)

The building company must apply for the telephone connection at the local BSNL office. To obtain a commercial connection, the building company must submit the application along with a proof of ownership of the business and the Permanent Account Number (PAN) card. The same tariff applies across the country, with minor differences due to local demand. The following charges must be paid : INR 500, in case there is a waiting list for registration charges; INR 300 in installation charges (if fewer than 500 lines) or INR 500 (if more than 500 lines); and a refundable security deposit of INR 2,000.
1 day INR 500 (flat installation charge)
* 8 Receive inspection from the electricity provider A.P. Central Power Distribution Company (State)

During the inspection, the A.P. Central Power Distribution Company conducts a feasibility study and assesses all the charges.
1 day No cost
* 9 Receive inspection from Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Municipal)

Within 1 week, HMWSB prepares a feasibility report based on an inspection of the site and sends a demand notice to the applicant enumerating the charges to be paid.
1 day No cost
* 10 Receive inspection and permission from the state Electrical Inspector (State)

The building company must obtain permission from the Electrical Inspector of the Government of Andhra Pradesh in Hyderabad, which takes about 14 days. The building company then submits a copy of this permission along with the structural and service line charges to obtain the final connection.
1 day No cost
* 11 Obtain permanent electricity connection with inspection rom A.P. Central Power Distribution Company (State)

The building company pays the remaining 50% of the refundable security deposit and service and connection charges as established during the inspection: approximately INR 150,000.
20 days INR 150,000 (service and connection charges)
* 12 Obtain permanent water and sewerage connections from Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Municipal)

After receiving an estimate of the costs, the building company goes to the office and pays connection charges of between INR 2,500-4,000, and a refundable security deposit of INR 250. Once the payment is completed, it takes another week for the utility provider to finalize the water connection.
15 days INR 3,300 (flat charge)
* 13 Obtain phone connection (with inspection) from the BSNL (National)


5 days No cost
14 Apply for occupancy permit at the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Commissioner's offices (Municipal)

The building company must submit a notice of completion through the registered architect and licenced builder/developer along with prescribed documents and plans to the sanctioning authority to apply for the occupancy certificate that is mandatory for all buildings.
1 day No cost
15 Receive final inspection of the construction by the GHMC (Municipal)

The authority inspects whether the building is as per the approved plan, e.g. ,with regard to the number of floors, external setbacks, parking space provision, and abutting road width.
1 day No cost
16 Obtain occupancy permit from the GHMC (Municipal)

The authority shall communicate the approval or refusal of the occupancy certificate within 15 days.
20 days No cost
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

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