Occupancy Certificate
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The Department of Town and Country Planning [DTCP] announced to simplify the issuance of OC [Occupancy Certificate] for the residential properties in the licensed colonies by transferring the process online and by introducing self-certification. This decision was taken recently after the commencement of new financial year 2019-20.

However, it looks like the property owners have misused the initiative and multiple complaints are registered with the department related to property owners for carrying out illegal constructions after receiving the Occupancy Certificate.

The DTCP has formed seven teams of junior engineers and field investigators, to conduct site visits for the re-examination of approximately 250 properties in the licensed colonies to whom OCs were issued between 1st January and 31st March. The department of town and country issued nearly 80 Occupancy Certificate only in January.

R S Batth District town planner (planning) said that the department has formed seven teams of junior engineers and field investigators to carry out site visits in order to examine the properties that have issued OCs in the past three months. Also, the department sought a report by 12th April and following this the decision on course of action against the violators will be taken.

The complaints are regarding the construction in both front and back portion of the respective plots that are supposed to be left vacant according to the rules. As the property owners in the licensed colonies of Gurugram city are given sanction to build a fourth floor in the present building.

According to the amended Haryana Building Code, 2017, a person constructing a home has to submit a self-certificate to DTCP via a recognized architect the department is likely to issue the occupancy Certificate in eight working days to the applicant if he/she has followed all the rules.

The department can cancel issuance of OC and can also backlist the architect whose name is written in the self-certification in case of any false filling of information.

The DTCP also directed random on-site checks to make sure that the rules are not misused.