Lagos to commence enforcement of compliance with physical planning laws

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The Lagos State Government through the State Physical Planning Permit Authority has said it will enforce the state’s physical planning laws by ensuring that all physical structures in the state conform to planning regulations.

The Director, Public Affairs, Abimbola Umeh, disclosed this in a statement on Friday titled ‘LASPPPA intensifies enforcement of physical planning laws’.

The General Manager, LASPPPA, Funmi Osifuye, stated that the monitoring and compliance unit of the agency had been re-energised and reinvigorated.

This, he said, would enable the organisation to enforce approved physical development master plan across the state in line with the present administration’s agenda of making Lagos a 21st century economy.

He said, “As part of efforts to ensure Lagos State is orderly developed according to the approved physical development master plan, a lot of physical planning reforms and laws were put in place by the government in the building and property development sector.

“As an agency established to implement these reforms and laws, we are now more prepared than ever to enforce these regulations strictly without fear or favour.”

Osifuye disclosed that more town planners had been deployed to LASPPPA by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to ensure the implementation of reforms to ease planning permit approval process and enforcement of the planning laws and regulations.

He said, “We have also strengthened and reorganised our monitoring and compliance unit to ensure statewide coverage of enforcement.

“This will nip uneven and haphazard development in the bud while at the same time availing the government of quality database to plan ahead for the populace.

“Also, in pursuance of these objectives, LASPPPA District Officers have been empowered to grant planning permit approval in line with approved standards.”

The general manager noted that these strategies were geared towards ensuring that structures were built in conformity to the state’s approved planning standards for a livable Lagos that was safe for all.

While enjoining citizens, new and existing property owners, builders and property developers to obtain valid state physical planning permits from district offices of LASPPPA, he noted that obtaining a physical planning permit was a must before the commencement of any construction in any part of the state.

He disclosed that the process of obtaining physical planning permit and stage certification had been made seamless for citizens.

Getting an approval, he said, should not take more than a month especially with the implementation of the reforms to ease planning approval process.

According to him, the state government had developed an electronic planning permit platform to ease the process of obtaining a planning permit.

The new platform, he noted, was initiated to enhance service delivery in obtaining permits.

He said citizens, builders and property developers could visit the authority’s portal to get started with the process of obtaining a planning permit.