DTCP approval for TN Layout

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Importance of DTCP approval in buying a land in Tamil Nadu.


Are you planning to buy a plot in Tamil Nadu with an idea to build a house on it later on? You must know the following about DTCP approval.


What is a Layout?

A Layout is a group of plots with roads, open spaces, etc meant mainly for residential occupation.


What is a plot in a layout?

A plot is a piece of land with designated boundaries in a layout.


What is DTCP?

DTCP stands for Directorate of Town and Country Planning. It is a body empowered under Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Act 1971. One of its important functions is to approve layouts after verifying the rules meant for a Layout.


What is the jurisdiction of DTCP?

All of Tamil Nadu whether urban or rural except for the areas coming under CMDA (Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority).


What for DTCP approval is required?

It is important to note that DTCP approval for a layout is for development of the land and not for buying or selling the land. Development means any construction activity on the land like building a house.


What are the typical requirements in getting DTCP approval?

DTCP guidelines for a layout among others, typically include 30 feet wide roads between plots and a prescribed area for 'Open space reservation'.


Is DTCP approval required for a panchayat area?

Yes. DTCP layout is required for both urban and rural Layout. Panchayat approval alone is not sufficient. However for Layouts measuring less than 5 acres in urban areas and those measuring less than 10 acres in rural areas, the power of approval is delegated to Local Planning Authority (LPA). Please note that LPA approval is different from the local body approval or the panchayat approval.


What if you buy a plot in a non-DTCP approved Layout?

Any construction on the plot would be illegal and liable for demolition by DTCP. Banks may deny loans for building houses in such a plot.


How to verify if a layout is DTCP approved?

Any DTCP layout will have a seal, hand signature with an approval number. Currently, there is no provision to verify the approval online. Verification can be done by visiting the nearest DTCP office with reference to the approval number.