Soon, no BMC nod needed for changes to your flat
You will soon no longer need the civic body’s permission to make layout changes in your flat. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to do away with the mandatory nod that flat owners need before making structural changes in their apartments. The move is expected to bring relief to lakhs of Mumbaiites, who will only have to inform the civic body about the change that they intend to make.
The proposal will be part of the new Development Control Rules (DCR) to be published by the BMC this month, said civic chief Ajoy Mehta. The civic body is also taking steps to make building permissions transparent to weed out corruption and irregularities.
“Permission [from BMC] will not be needed if structural stability of the flat is not affected. It means if the desired changes in the layout do not affect pillars and columns of the flat, then the BMC permission will not remain mandatory,” said Mehta, while addressing the ‘ Maharashtra Investment Seminar’, jointly organised by the state govern- ment and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), on Wednesday.
Mehta said similar rules will be made applicable in case of repair work as well. “However, if the owner desires to move the kitchen or toilet from its existing place inside the flat, then he will need to obtain prior permission from the housing society,” he said. >> CONTINUED ON P10